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[h-online] Secunia releases PSI version 2.0

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source: http://www.h-online.com/security/new...0-1156652.html

I didn't even know software like this existed... Any Windows user should use this!



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After a lengthy beta test, Secunia has finally released version 2 of the Personal Software Inspector (PSI). If configured to do so, PSI 2.0 automatically updates most installed programs. The free tool can therefore not only highlight vulnerabilities it detects, but also remedy them, without prompting users.

According to Secunia, the three applications most commonly exploited in attacks (Adobe Flash, the Java runtime and Adobe Reader) receive important patches quite quickly. PSI can also update the Flash plug-in for Firefox and Internet Explorer. In practice, often only one of the two plug-ins is up to date.
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I'm trying this program out now. it doesn't catch EVERYTHING (Filehippo auto-updater shows a couple programs are out of date that this prog doesn't notice apparently).

It almost looks like one of those 'tune my pc' programs, but it is ACTUALLY updating FF, 7-zip, and flash.

Pros: Auto-updates, just leave it running

cons: almost looks fake, doesn't update some programs (Ccleaner, defraggler, etc)


I'd give it a 3/5 for now, and a 4/5 when i don't need to install updates outside of it (defeating the purpose a little)
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I was using it through beta and GM 1 release. Not a bad tool but it has trouble catching some major software. I'm also extremely anal about keeping my software up to date anyway so I do manual updates fairly frequently.

Going to give v2 a run.
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I am still waiting for a true software repository for Windows. Something along the lines of Linux. I wouldn't mind updating everything in one go, but that does have its drawbacks as well. Eh, I'd rather update manually, I always check to make sure the latest release doesn't have bugs that can hinder the use of the application for me.
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I am still waiting for a true software repository for Windows. Something along the lines of Linux. I wouldn't mind updating everything in one go, but that does have its drawbacks as well. Eh, I'd rather update manually, I always check to make sure the latest release doesn't have bugs that can hinder the use of the application for me.
true, i'm not sure why Windows couldn't integrate something similar into Windows Update. Especially for the big ones like flash, java, and the like. but i guess that would be discriminatory or something since there probably are alternatives... They already have a great program for "digitally signing" windows drivers (i'm sure this is debatable) so integrating the same for monitoring updates should be important to Microsoft. Especially since so many of the insecurities is web facing third party software.
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Hmm..looks interesting. I'll wait for more feedback before I install it..


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I am still waiting for a true software repository for Windows. Something along the lines of Linux. I wouldn't mind updating everything in one go, but that does have its drawbacks as well. Eh, I'd rather update manually, I always check to make sure the latest release doesn't have bugs that can hinder the use of the application for me.
Off topic, but your avatar made me lol
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It's my impression that PSI only updates programs with known security vulnerabilities; it's not meant to be an auto-updater for all installed software. In fact prior to version 2 it only scanned your system and notified you of vulnerable software; you had to manually patch the insecurities yourself.
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