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Here we go again

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/security/bulletin/MS03-039.asp

Be carefull:  these are new vulnerabilities, and since they apparently can be exploited by easy modifications of MSBlaster or Nachi ... do we have hours or days this time? I'm betting it won't be weeks.

http://isc.sans.org/presentations/MS03-039.pdf

Just me (Sir to you)
Thursday, September 11, 2003

I had to laugh yesterday when I discovered that. I was in the middle of creating a patch disk for our Windows NT4.0 Embedded product to add MS's security patches up through MSBlaster. Oops! one more to include.

Will I finish before the next comes out?

sgf
Thursday, September 11, 2003

Based on past performance - no, you won't be done...

RocketJeff
Thursday, September 11, 2003

All of our boxes are patched already.

Anonymous
Thursday, September 11, 2003

Where can I get this... oh wait! Nevermind, I have a Mac.










:-)

I pitty you Windows users. Probably not your choice.

johnson
Thursday, September 11, 2003

It's a pity your Mac doesn't have a spell checker.

Big Johnson
Thursday, September 11, 2003

Given my past experiences with Macs, I think I'd rather take a Windows machine with a virus. 

SomeBody
Thursday, September 11, 2003

Wish granted.

Master Blaster
Thursday, September 11, 2003

Would guys prefer for Microsoft to find the vunerabilites and patch them, or just ignore them until a virus comes out?

Every time they issue a patch there is more moaning and wailing about how they don't put enough money into security. Or, how windows is somehow inherently insecure.

Sheesh.

pdq
Thursday, September 11, 2003

And, Johnson, if everyone used a mac, you'd be having patches every week too. Don't think the boys and girls at Apple are any better avoiding exploits in their code then MS is.

pdq
Thursday, September 11, 2003

Why not?

not a mac user
Thursday, September 11, 2003

MacOS's update system is pretty usable.  As a general guess, one would be justified thinking Mac currently is more secure.  Obviously, it has less cruft since it was made new.  Networking was an early design target, and the FreeBSD core helps.

MacOS isn't overall the usability winner, since Windows had time to catch up, but I think their updating is far more user-friendly, which manifests in higher security.

anon
Thursday, September 11, 2003

"Obviously, it has less cruft since it was made new."

Actually, it has less cruft because it's based on BSD, which is quite old.

Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Thursday, September 11, 2003

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