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Re: Steve Gibson smokes crack?
From: Jason Coombs <jasonc () science org>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2006 10:43:49 +1300
A few incidents ("NSA" backdoor) aside, Microsoft's history with
security has been one of ineptness, not "maliciousness" per-se.
The Microsoft corporate entity may not be malicious in terms of
purposefully planting backdoors with knowledge and consent of Gates et
al (this assertion is of course questionable) however, individual
programmers at Microsoft have probably planted backdoors on purpose.
This happens frequently in many software shops.
The corporate culture at Microsoft made it easy to do so, and get away
with it, as you so accurately described. Individual product managers who
encouraged the least safe configurations and least safe feature/code
designs might have done so for the purpose of preserving widespread
access to such backdoors.
It would be relatively simple for Microsoft to determine whether any
particular individuals were responsible for writing the bad code and
deploying flawed architectures over and over again through the years.
Perhaps Microsoft has bothered to look into this by now, and has quietly
dismissed the perpetrators.
Beware of ex-Microsoft programmers.
jasonc () science org
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