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Re: Microsoft distributes free CDs in Japan to patch Windows
From: "Paul A. Bradford" <paul.bradford () adelphia com>
Date: 25 Aug 2003 11:01:09 -0400


Hmm,
  and how would you protect the remote controlled MS firewall software
from:

1. Vulnerabilities itself since MS is building it?
2. the "remote control" being hijacked by someone besides MS?
  2a. Hey I'd love to be able to shut folks that were killing my network
off until they update, but is it my right?

Thanks,
Pablo


  

On Mon, 2003-08-25 at 10:08, Roland Perry wrote:
In article <3F4A10AF.7080903 () brightok net>, Jack Bates
<jbates () brightok net> writes
Which is why Microsoft should issue a software equivelant of a recall. Systems 
shouldn't be sold vulnerable without at least a patch CD.

Perhaps Windows could be delivered complete with a package whose
function was to firewall off everything except the update site (or maybe
employ some kind of VPN), and deny a more general Internet connection,
until sufficient updates had been downloaded?

The next step would be to find a secure way for Microsoft to turn that
firewall back on again remotely, if a sufficiently serious update was
required. (This could case havoc is misused, so some care would needed!)

Meanwhile, in the UK it's commonplace to buy monthly computer titles
with a CD (of useful shareware and demos) mounted on the cover. If these
don't already include the most recent Microsoft patches, perhaps they
should.
-- 
Paul A Bradford
Senior Network Engineer
Adelphia Cable Communications
814-274-1353



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