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Old 01-11-2006, 11:46 AM   #1
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LXer: Microsoft vs. Computer Security

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Four years ago, Bill Gates dispatched a companywide e-mail promising that security and privacy would be Microsoft's top priorities. Gates urged that new design approaches must "dramatically reduce" the number of security-related issues as well as make fixes easier to administer. "Eventually," he added, "our software should be so fundamentally secure that customers never even worry about it." Microsoft customers haven't stopped worrying.

Old 01-11-2006, 01:44 PM   #2
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Four years later and Microsoft has made no significant progress in the security of their OS. I guess you cannot believe everything Bill says or predicts.

There were a lot of interesting points in the article. For example:

With the company's security problems still monopolizing the news, you might have expected that Bill Gates would address the vulnerability at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Instead, he boasted how Microsoft's new operating system, Vista, would extend the company's tendrils into your living room. Sure, it might be nice to connect your computer and your television set. But is it worth it to give hackers access to your television?
Apparently, Microsoft's real concern is generating more money.

While the company claims that Vista will be more secure against hack attacks, the computer security professionals I talked to are skeptical. "We hear this each and every time Microsoft comes out with a new operating system," says Brian Martin, an independent computer security consultant. "It is still built on the same legacy code, it is still written without adhering to secure coding practices, it is still thrown to the masses without adequate security testing."
Most of us know that this will happen. Looking at the bright side, this is providing job security to people who repair computers.
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Looking at the bright side, this is providing job security to people who repair computers.
I work on MS at work, I use Linux at home because I want a system that works.


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