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Patching Software Security Holes

The performance of any software application relies on the structure and integrity of the code making up the application as well as the work that has been put into testing its performance. A secure software application is more reliable and trusted by its users to provide them with the anticipated level of performance. Security holes in any software applications are usually introduced during the development process of the software applications and whenever they are not identified or noticed during the testing phase, they often get embedded into the software application and disregarded or totally ignored. Leaving out such glaring security errors in the software means that the software is more vulnerable to incoming attacks and can leak a lot of information through these holes.

The process of software design and development takes into consideration the security of the software application as well as this is what counts when delivering the application. Software holes make the performance of the application slow and unreliable in addition to exposing the software application to external threats which can hugely impact its performance. Many software users will be more willing to have a software application that performs poorly but safely as compared to an application that has a lot of security holes even when it can perform well.

The poor security of an application is introduced during the development phase and skipped or ignored at the testing phase of the application. During the testing of an application, all the software security holes should be identified and pointed out to the developers. The developers are then expected to develop fixes or patches for these security problems resulting in a software application that is steady and more stable in its performance and level of service delivery. The testing also brings out the weaknesses that are inherent in the software application hence making it possible for the software developers to suggest fixes for the problems that have been identified early enough.

The benefit of software security holes being identified early enough is that the developers are left with much more time to develop patches for the software application. This makes it possible for them to make upgrades to the performance of the software application as well as taking it through more runs of testing to make sure that the application works as expected and delivers the same level of performance and satisfaction a user would be looking for in such an application.

The security patches are also important at preventing the application from leaking any information to the outside world and this adds to the genuineness and quality of the application. An application that has been well patched for security weaknesses will also be more trusted and reliable by the users who are assured of safe usage of information and the secure processing of information no matter where the software is run. This is the reason for the several runs of testing that are done before the application is released to the wild where it can see real use.