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Re: Re: Microsoft Security, baby steps ?
From: Luke Scharf <lscharf () aoe vt edu>
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 08:19:08 -0500

On Tue, 2004-03-16 at 22:58, Paul Schmehl wrote:
As an aside, this is a problem with just about all software.  By the time
they freeze the "contents", warehouse it, ship it to distributors who ship
it to the retailers, who sell it to the consumer, the first thing they have
to do after installing is update.

Hey, if I can have an idiot-proof way of installing just the fixes for
the RPC problems on Windows before attaching to the network, I'll be
that much farther ahead.

I sometimes forget to download the patches from behind the firewall or
to use the install CDs that have the patches added...  Then it takes
three times longer to rebuild the machine.  And, of course, the only
reason I'm rebuilding it is because the machine was loaded with malware
anyway...

I've been a lot better about this lately, but I still think it's kind of
absurd that I can't plug a freshly rebuilt Windows XP machine into the
network.  You'd think that Microsoft would at least make an official
release of Windows XP.1 or something like that to address this totally
absurd problem with their software.

-Luke

-- 
Luke Scharf, Systems Administrator
Virginia Tech Aerospace and Ocean Engineering

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