Trustworthy Computing: What a joke!




Moments before a top Microsoft executive told Congress about efforts to
improve security, the company warned on Wednesday of new flaws that
leave its flagship Windows software vulnerable to Internet attacks
similar to the Blaster virus that infected hundreds of millions of
computers last month.

The company cautioned that hackers could seize control of a victim's
computer by attacking these flaws, which affect Windows technology that
allows computers to communicate with others across a network.

Outside experts said some flaws were nearly identical to problems
exploited by the Blaster worm, which spread last month with devastating
damage. Computer users who applied an earlier patch in July to protect
themselves still must install the new patch from Microsoft.

"They're as close as you can be without being the same," said Marc
Maiffret, an executive at eEye Digital Security of Aliso Viejo,
California, one of three research groups credited with discovering some
of the new problems. "It's definitely a big oversight on Microsoft's
part that they missed these."

Maiffret speculated that because of the similarities, hackers could
launch attacks against unprotected systems as early as day's end. "It's
going to be trivial," he said. "This is an instant replay of a few weeks

A vice president at Network Associates, Robin Matlock, agreed that
corporations, government agencies and home users will race the clock
before the next attack. "Without a doubt, this is a nasty vulnerability.
It could easily be exploited," she said. "Administrators are under more
pressure here to move quickly."



You guessed it; this one is the users' fault as well. And if the air
bag in your car fails, it's your fault for not wearing a seat belt.
Never mind that your air bag should not fail, regardless of any other
factor. No, that would be too much like logical reasoning.

And never mind if an attack occurs BEFORE "auto update" gets around to
notifying you of any update (remember the "hackers could launch attacks
against unprotected systems as early as day's end" quote?).


"Microsoft is committed to continuing to strengthen our software to make
it less vulnerable to attack," said Reitinger, a former deputy chief in
the Justice Department's cybercrime division.


What a liar! Microsoft is only "committed to continuing" to patch the
holes they can't get away with sweeping under the rug. If what this
deceitful idiot said was true, they would not have missed this latest

And, as always, it took third parties to find the flaws. Microsoft was
happy to ignore them or not find them in the first place. Yeah, that's
quite a "commitment".

Microsoft shills, sharpen your pencils!

The Reverend XP

Oh quit your flippin whining. Anyone with even a small
amount of skill can crash a car with little effort yet I
don't see you blaming all the auto makers for idiots who
insist on doing just that. What do you think, the world
has a crystal ball to solve all the problems. I suppose
the world trade centre disaster of two years ago was the
fault of the engineers who designed and built the
buildings but failed to forsee just such an occurence. Get
real. Contrary to small mindedness like yours Microsoft is
not out to make your life hell. They have done a
remarkable job to date and if you don't like it then stop
using a computer but first stop whining. Good luck.

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