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Re: Re: Microsoft Security, baby steps ?
From: Blue Boar <BlueBoar () thievco com>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 21:34:42 -0800

Nick FitzGerald wrote:
Perhaps, but I doubt it... I can't see the bandwidth costs (at the relatively high discount rate MS must get for all its bandwidth) of the necessary downloads for all those unpatched users who order this CD outweighing the P&P for fulfilling the CD orders.

I think MS has finally realized that while dial-up users are not at all likely to get the large security updates (IE version upgrades, OS service packs), they can be significant combined part in the overall problem of unpatched machines. This is the easy way for such users to "catch up" (it's just a pity that there is such a huge lag between MS freezing the disk's contents and pressing and shipping it -- for moost Xp users it will arrive about a wek before they face downloading SP2 and that is likely to be around 150MB I hear...).

It's a good start. I've got the disk on order, it will be a nice jump-start for all the home users' machines with modems that I maintain for friends and family, new installs, etc...

Now, I just need an ISO image I can download once a month or so. Yeah, right after the 2nd tuesday of the month would do it.

I imagine the security community would have created this long ago if MS would let other people distribute their patches.


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