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1. AU2001294677 - Non-invasive automatic offsite patch fingerprinting and updating system and method

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Australia
Application Number 2001294677
Application Date 20.09.2001
Publication Number 2001294677
Publication Date 20.12.2001
Publication Kind A
IPC
G06F 9/445
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
9Arrangements for program control, e.g. control units
06using stored programs, i.e. using an internal store of processing equipment to receive or retain programs
44Arrangements for executing specific programs
445Program loading or initiating
Applicants Patchlink.Com Corporation
Inventors Andrew, Christopher A. H.
Bacon, Michael
Ferguson, Dan
Gordon, Jonathan M.
Horton, James J.
Hudler, Jack Lee
Lane, Jonathan
Li, Leon
Moshir, Sean
Williams, Noah
Priority Data 60234680 22.09.2000 US
Title
(EN) Non-invasive automatic offsite patch fingerprinting and updating system and method
Abstract
(EN)
Methods, systems, and configured storage media including a discovery agent (548) are provided for discovering software updates, discovering if a given computer (202) can use the software update, and then updating the computers with the software as needed automatically across a network (200) without storing the updates on an intermediate machine within the network. Furthermore, when a failure (316) is detected, the rollout is stopped and the software can be automatically removed (324) from those computers that already were updated. The software update can be stored originally at an address that is inaccessible through the network firewall (214) by intermediately uploading the software update to an update computer (220) which is not a part of the network but has access through the firewall, which is then used to distribute the update.

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