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Re: 6 Month Vista Vuln Report, Debunked
From: "Security Admin (NetSec)" <secadmin () netsecdesign com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 08:59:13 -0700
so far I have seen the same items patched in Vista as for XP SP2 and 2003 SP1/SP2. If this trend continues the
rationale for Vista upgrade will disappear. I for one am recommending user's wait until at least Vista SP1 is released;
however if the same exploits work on all platforms might make more sense to wait until 2009-10 for next client OS
release. Even Dell is selling XP again. One should count the number of reboots necessary; only kernel updates require
a reboot in Linux.
This is not any Microsoft bash, but it is disturbing that despite the TCI so many vulnerabilities that are common to
current OS releases and previous releases have been found--not just in Vista. One would think that TCI would result in
developers and engineers discovering previously undiscovered bugs. I fear that Microsoft still may rely too much on
testing as opposed to engineering analysis. QA studies with which I am acquainted show that 60 percent or more of bugs
discovered before general availability releases are discovered through engineering analysis, not testing.
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