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Re: Microsoft distributes free CDs in Japan to patch Windows
From: Roland Perry <nanog () internetpolicyagency com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 11:50:10 -0400


In article <1061823669.17113.3.camel () aiden noc adelphia net>, Paul A.
Bradford <paul.bradford () adelphia com> writes
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?

It's not that different from (my perception of) the current technology
used for XP Activation. Presumably an unactivated XP ise prevented from
accessing the Internet (as well as being prevented from doing all the
other normal user things), but is still capable of accessing the
activation server. And is the mechanism of a hypothetical remote de-
activation very far from what I was suggesting (maybe as a sort of "ask
the activation server for permission" at regular intervals)?

Are there any "XP activation" exploits yet?
-- 
Roland Perry


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