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patch

Abbreviation(s) and Synonym(s):

None

Definition(s):

  A software component that, when installed, directly modifies files or device settings related to a different software component without changing the version number or release details for the related software component.
Source(s):
CNSSI 4009-2015 (ISO/IEC 19770-2)

  A “repair job” for a piece of programming; also known as a “fix”. A patch is the immediate solution to an identified problem that is provided to users; it can sometimes be downloaded from the software maker's Web site. The patch is not necessarily the best solution for the problem, and the product developers often find a better solution to provide when they package the product for its next release. A patch is usually developed and distributed as a replacement for or an insertion in compiled code (that is, in a binary file or object module). In many operating systems, a special program is provided to manage and track the installation of patches.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-45 Version 2 under Patch

  A “repair job” for a piece of programming; also known as a “fix.” A patch is the immediate solution that is provided to users; it can sometimes be downloaded from the software maker’s Web site. The patch is not necessarily the best solution for the problem, and product developers often find a better solution to provide when they package the product for its next release. A patch is usually developed and distributed as a replacement for or an insertion in compiled code (that is, in a binary file or object module). In many operating systems, a special program is provided to manage and track the installation of patches.
Source(s):
NIST SP 800-44 Version 2 under Patch