Microsoft to publish security bulletins in CVRF format

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   May 22, 2012

Standard will streamline process of reviewing patches.

Software giant Microsoft has announced that it has started to publish its monthly security bulletins in the CVRF format.

CVRF, or Common Vulnerability Reporting Framework, is a standard developed by the Industry Consortium for Advancement of Security on the Internet (ICASI), which was founded in 2008 to address multi-vendor security threats. CVRF is an XML-based language that provides software vendors with a single format to share critical security-related information, speeding up the process of digestion and exchange of information.

While for most home users and small businesses it should suffice to install updates automatically, larger organisations commonly review updates and patches to ensure they comply with the existing infrastructure. For such customers, having a single format in which security bulletins are published allows them to automate the processing of these bulletins. This could save significant effort as well as time, which is essential in the defence against emerging threats.

More at the Microsoft Security Response Center blog here, with more on CVRF at the ICASI's website here.

Posted on 22 May 2012 by Virus Bulletin

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