Microsoft to give governments patch previews

Pilot program will provide an early look at technical details of OS patches to governments and critical infrastructure providers ahead of Patch Tuesday releases.

Ben Grubb ZDNet Australia

Microsoft has launched a pilot program for governments and critical infrastructure providers to gain access to in-depth technical information about operating system patches before they are released on the second Tuesday of each month.

Senior security program manager lead at the Microsoft Security Response Center, Steve Adegbite, this week launched the Defensive Information Sharing Program (DISP) and the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program (CIPP) at the AusCERT 2010 security conference in Queensland.

Microsoft currently provides security vendors such as Kaspersky, McAfee and Symantec with some of this information, but not all of it. Finer details of a vulnerability don't normally get disclosed to the vendors, and that's detail Adegbite said governments would find useful in knowing as soon as it was available.

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