[Dshield] Message from M$

R Shady RShady at stny.rr.com
Mon Aug 18 17:01:00 GMT 2003


Good timing on Computer World's behalf on this subject:

http://www.computerworld.com/securitytopics/security/holes/story/0,10801,84083,00.html?nas=AM-84083

John Sage wrote:
> By way of counterpoint:
> 
> On Sun, Aug 17, 2003 at 08:34:23PM -0700, Kenneth Porter wrote:
> 
>>--On Sunday, August 17, 2003 7:44 PM -0500 Micheal Patterson 
>><micheal at cancercare.net> wrote:
>>
>>
>>>5. Now MS sends a letter telling people how to patch against this one and
>>>how safe they are if they've applied the patch and how they're striving to
>>>provide all and any available information on this exploit, and any other
>>>"worms and virus's that occur".
>>
>>While it's fashionable to bash MS, I can't see them doing anything more 
>>than they've done to notify people of the patch. They have a security 
>>announcement mailing list, they have Windows update, yet there were all 
>>these systems that ignored the apparatus and remained unpatched. Ultimately 
>>this one lies at the feet of the admins (including residential users who 
>>for whatever reason turn away the automatic updates).
> 
> 
> "Microsoft spokesman Sean Sundwall acknowledged that the blame does
> not really lie with customers.
> 
> "Ultimately, it's a flaw in our software," he said."
> 
> 
> It really is 'way past time for many, many people to stop being
> apologists for Micro$oft.
> 
> They are simply the largest, most powerful (software) company in the
> world.
> 
> It is 'way past time to demand more from them, and if they won't
> deliver, take a strong stand and move away from them.
> 
> 
> - John





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