How the CVE Import Wizard Works for Matching CVE IDs

The ability to bulk match Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) has been a popular request on our UserVoice. We’re excited to release our CVE Import Wizard feature that will allow you to bulk match a list of CVEs from a CSV or Text file and display details about the status of the CVEs in the document.

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The Basics of the CVE Import Wizard

Our CVE Import Wizard is designed to help track the status of a list of CVEs. The most common use case is a security team will provide a .CSV file containing a list of CVEs for tracking. Our tool will then query the following data sources to determine if the CVE has any matches:

  • Software updates already published to WSUS/SCCM
  • All available updates in our third-party update catalog metadata

The CVE scan will quickly allow you to bulk match a list of CVEs to understand if the fix for the security vulnerability is available from Patch My PC or if you may need to resolve the vulnerability using another mechanism.

How the CVE Import Wizard Works

To open the CVE Import Wizard, go to the Updates tab in the Publisher and click the Security Document button.

CVE Import Wizard States for Detection

Click the Browse… button to select a CSV file containing a list of CVE IDs and then click Process. After the processing is complete, you will see the list of all CVE IDs detected in the table grouped by the state.
  • Available = An update is available within the catalog, but it is not published within your environment yet.
  • Published = The update is already published to WSUS/SCCM and is available for deployment.
  • Unavailable = No update is published that contains that CVE ID and there is no update in our catalog matching it.
Here’s an example of a CSV file that contained 15 CVE IDs within it.

CVE Import Wizard States for Detection

You can also check the checkbox to Group By Products. When enabled, the wizard will group the list of CVE IDs to the Product that had a match for that CVE ID.

Group By Products Enabled CVE Scan

Importing Available Updates Matching CVE IDs

One important actionable item in the CVE Import Wizard is publishing third-party updates on-demand based on the scan results. If updates are in an Available state, they can be selected and published on-demand.

You can either individually select updates in an Available state or click the Select All Available button.

Select All Available Updates for Importing

Once you have selected the updates you want to publish-on-demand, you can click the Import Selected Patches. After clicking the Import Selected Patches button, you will receive a dialog box to monitor the PatchMyPC.log file.

Publish CVE Patches Dialog Box

The PatchMyPC.log file will show the selected updates being published.

More InformationNote: Even if the product for a selected update isn’t enabled in the Updates tab, any update selected in the CVE Import Wizard will be automatically published on-demand if the Import Selected Patches is clicked.

Alerts for On-Demand Importing of Patches for CVEs

When using the Import Select Patches options, you will receive an email alert after the synchronization of selected updates is complete if SMTP emails are enabled. The email will contain important details about the CVE ID scan against the CSV file.

Email CVE Report for CVE Import Wizard

If Microsoft Teams alerts are enabled, you will receive normal teams alerts for any published updates in real-time as shown below:

Microsoft Teams Real Time Alerts for Third-Party Security Updates with CVEs