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Security patches and program updates will come to your computer once a month. We push security patches on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. We deliver required software program updates on the 1st Wednesday of every month.

CIT works to bundle all security patches together, allowing you to reboot your system once if it is necessary. Whether the patches come from Adobe, Apple, Microsoft or another vendor, you will receive them all at once.


What is the difference between security patches and program updates?
Why are security patches and program updates done on different days?
Can I dismiss a patch or update?
Why do I have to reboot?
What about Labs and Smart Classrooms?
Does this affect requests for new software installations?

What is the difference between security patches and program updates?

Security patches address security-related concerns with software. Application vendors issue security patches when they have identified a security flaw in their product. The hacker community will exploit these security flaws as soon as they are discovered.

Program updates address bugs in software which have an impact on functionality or stability, but not security. We will deploy these when they address specific issues for Calvin workstations.

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Why are security patches and program updates done on different days?

Security patches and program updates are managed by different systems in CIT. This means that we cannot bundle the patches and updates together. If we were to deploy these on the same day it would mean users would be interrupted twice on the same day and possibly be required to reboot their system twice on that day.

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Can I dismiss a patch or update?

You cannot dismiss a security patch or update. You may defer installation to a more convenient time for you, but you should allow the updates to run as soon as possible. See software updates for more information on how updates are delivered.

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Why do I have to reboot?

The requirement to reboot is determined by the software vendor and the current status of your computer. If a reboot is required and you defer it, the patch or update that you installed will not be effective until the reboot. Additionally, your computer will be less stable and unable to accept additional patches or updates. In some cases, your computer may become unresponsive.

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What about Labs and Smart Classrooms?

Computer Labs and Smart Classrooms are patched by CIT during non-classroom hours. We do this so that patching and updates do not interrupt class sessions.

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Does this affect requests for new software installations?

No, this does not affect requests for new software installs or requested software updates.

Computer labs are updated prior to the fall semester and, if needed, before Interim and second semester. Please make your request for software in computer labs several weeks before the beginning of the semester.

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