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Creating a Patch and Vulnerability Management Program



Peter M. Mell, Tiffany Bergeron, Dave Henning


[Superseded by SP 800-40 Rev. 3 (July 2013):] This document provides guidance on creating a security patch and vulnerability management program and testing the effectiveness of that program. The primary audience is security managers who are responsible for designing and implementing the program. However, this document also contains information useful to system administrators and operations personnel who are responsible for applying patches and deploying solutions (i.e., information related to testing patches and enterprise patching software). [Supersedes SP 800-40 (August 2002):]
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 800-40 Ver 2.0
Report Number
800-40 Ver 2.0


computer security, security patches, vulnerability management


Mell, P. , Bergeron, T. and Henning, D. (2005), Creating a Patch and Vulnerability Management Program, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed June 13, 2024)


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Created November 16, 2005, Updated May 4, 2021