Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Frontrunner Status Not an Indication of Product Quality

Microsoft Warns of Critical Windows' Flaw
SEATTLE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday said a critical flaw in most versions of its flagship Windows operating system could allow attackers to run malicious programs on personal computers.

In its monthly security bulletin, the world's largest software maker warned that Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 were at risk and offered software updates to fix the flaws, which were given Microsoft's highest severity rating of 'critical.'

'It does affect all (current) versions of Windows,' said Stephen Toulouse, security program manager for Microsoft's Security Response Center. 'We're not aware of anyone affected by this at this time.'

Marc Maiffret, co-founder of eEye Digital Security, the company that discovered the flaw, criticized Microsoft for taking more than six months to come up with a patch to fix the problem, particularly since the flaw allows an attacker multiple ways to break into a system and could do almost anything they wanted to the system.

'We contacted Microsoft about these vulnerabilities 200 days ago, which is insane,' he said. 'Even the most secure Windows networks are going to be vulnerable to this flaw, which is very unique.'[Nitpicker emphasis]
Betcha thought this was going to be about about Kerry not being the best candidate, didn't you? Well, the rule applies to that as well but this is actually about yet another reason why I love my Mac.


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