Magento services its clients throughout the duration of their online website’s life. Since they are firmly committed to providing you with the best in terms of performance and platform security, Magento releases upgrades in regular intervals that enhances the superiority of its core software. This equips you with the tools to make your website as current as possible.
So when the patches become available, you will get a notification in your admin inbox that will notify you of it along with mails from its merchant and partner portals. If you’re a registered member then you will be serviced will a mail notification sent to your chosen e-mail account.
To give you an idea about what the patch bundles offer, we shall dissect Patch Bundle SUPEE-6285; the first patch bundle released in 2015. This patch offered a wide variety of patches for Magento users. It included protection against all kinds of security threats like Cross-site Scripting in admin, Cross-site Scripting in wishlist, Cross-site Scripting in Orders RSS, Cross-site Scripting in cart, Permissions on Log Files too Broad, Customer Information Leak via RSS and Privilege Escalation.
All the above stated security issues were provided with solutions that were solid and lasting. Patch bundles are downloaded and integrated with the existing source code on your Magento platforms. It takes care of the problems without requiring much of your assistance (except permissions to execute the actions it deems fit). The efficiency and regularity with which Magento manages to service their clients (you) is quite consistent.
If you are a Magento user, you will know that the updates are on time and that they offer all that they promise. It goes without saying that the platform’s responses and figurative reflexes improve and feel better after downloading the patch bundle.
To make things simpler, for the installation process there is a short summary along with each of the bugs where they explain about the setup and download process. It is precise and hassle free in its usage.
Some of the bugs that are fixed with the patches are quite serious in nature. Most of these bugs have thievery of some sort as an end goal. The platform may take time to integrate with the bug fixes. But once they are integrated, it will run faster and be more functional. This helps against protecting your domain against all kinds of maliciously placed malware.
Patch bundles are an essential part of Magento’s service package. If there were no regular patch bundles then you’d have to outsource your protection software.
Nothing wrong with that except that Magento providing its own protection (and updating it regularly) is just better because who knows the building better than its architect? All this periodical upgrading and servicing is done because Magento believes in providing a holistic environment and service to its clients (you).
Read full guideline on how to install a patch for Magento Community Edition here: https://info2.magento.com/rs/magentoenterprise/images/Installing-a-Patch-for-Magento-Community-Edition.pdf