Patching software is a common security practice, especially when known exploits exist that can take advantage of software vulnerabilities to compromise a host.
However, a downside of patching is that the software fix can have unintended consequences; a patch might break certain features or take down a whole system.
In our most recent Human Infrastructure Magazine survey, we asked readers if they would trust their networking vendors to automatically update the software on routers, switches, and security appliances.
Here’s the results. It’s clear that respondents understand the tension that exists between the risk of known vulnerabilities and the potential disruption that patches can cause.
While there’s a lot of misgiving about allowing automated updates–a plurality of respondents say it’s highly unlikely–only a small percentage would absolutely forbid it.
Here’s the breakdown by percentages:
- Yes: 5.9%
- Maybe, it depends: 39.2%
- Highly unlikely: 41.2%
- Never: 13.7%
We had 51 respondents to this survey. If you’d like to participate in future surveys, you can get Human Infrastructure Magazine for free by becoming a Packet Pushers member.