An organization I support just informed us that they have enabled automatic updates on Chrome and Firefox across the enterprise. Why would they have not had that enabled from the start?

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  • wowneatlookatthat

    October 21, 2021

    One example would be to reduce support costs when new features are added. Controlling the version installed allows admins to test and make sure it works with any legacy software or sites users might be using. Prevents a flurry of “help chrome broke my <insert app here>” tickets. This is becoming less of a problem though.

    From a security perspective, you may not always want the latest and greatest as that can introduce new vulnerabilities. There’s been times where a chrome release included a new vulnerability and was immediately patched right after.

  • pyker42

    October 21, 2021

    Historically, updates tend to break things, so a lot of admins went with the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” attitude. This is course makes it more likely something will break when updates are finally applied.

    It’s better now, but overcoming organizational inertia can be really challenging.


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