[Dshield] WSJ.com - PC Users Deserve A Free, Simple Service To Handle All Threats

John Holmblad jholmblad at aol.com
Mon Mar 15 20:01:50 GMT 2004


I agree with Mossberg's point completely. It is those of us who have 
participated in the development and proliferation of all of this 
technology over the last 30 years or so who have to take responsibility 
for fixing it once and for all. The operational philosophy  of the 
ISOC/IETF (to whom it was attributed I don't know) was "rough consensus 
and running code" which served the rapid development of the technologies 
of the Internet for a generation or so. That philosophy is no longer 
good enough because it at least partially explains why, for example, we 
have such an insecure and spoofable technology as SMTP. Security now has 
to come first even if it takes longer (witness the debacle of the first 
round of 802.11 security) to get it right. As a technologist it 
embarrasses me to have to explain to a non-technical user why they have  
to be so careful with respect to email in order to avoid getting the 
latest malware infection. It didn't start out that way, an only became 
so, because security took a back seat to functionality/useability. It is 
time to stop complaining about users and a) educate those who most need 
the education about the poor security inherent in today's systems  and 
b) get to work on fixing them for future generations.

Best Regards,


John Holmblad


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