By Thomas Claburn
August 5, 2008 02:15 PM
At the Black Hat computer security conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday,
Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) introduced new initiatives to help IT
administrators evaluate vulnerabilities in Microsoft software and to
share information with other security vendors.
The Microsoft Exploitability Index aims to "provide customers with
additional information to help business professionals prioritize
patching," explained Mike Reavey, security program manager for Microsoft
Security Response Center.
The Exploitability Index is Microsoft's attempt to deal with what has
become an unfortunate, predictable pattern: Microsoft issues a Security
Bulletin and cybercriminals answer with code designed to exploit the
newly disclosed vulnerabilities.
Starting with its October patch cycle, Microsoft plans to rate the
likelihood that vulnerabilities will be exploited. It will do so to help
administrators prioritize patches.
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