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Re: Top three "Security's Heaviest Hitters"

From: Norman Dunbar <>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2006 15:54:28 +0000
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Hi Kevin,

Norman Dunbar.
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>>> "Kevin Lidh" <> 02/23/06 03:39pm >>>

>> When I bought my son's PC for
>> Christmas, I installed Windows XP SP2 which I thought was the latest
>> greatest. I turned on the auto update feature and 36 patches later,
he was
>> set.

To be fair, it could simply be that when you bought your system and got SP2 more security problems had been found and required. I bought a new Dell laptop for my wife and it needed 48 security patches before it was 'up to date'.

My Suse 10.0 Linux system(s) happily upgrade themselves - and never need a reboot, even when the kernel is patched - the above mentioned laptop needed 5 reboots before it was ready.

Then the Virus stuff needed a patch and reboot as well, of course :o)

However, my bug-bear with Windows XP (the Home version anyway) is simply this :

.. Administrator user has no passowrd by default .. all created users have no password by default, and have administrator rights.

Oops !

That info was not in the Dell user guide. I had discovered it ages ago when I bought my own Sony laptop. Suffice to say, the system was seriously amended before I considered plugging into the internet !

So, the unknowing user buys a PC/laptop, connects to the internet and gets nailed in about 5 minutes (or so I'm told) because of the inbuilt 'security' of the system.

Influential - I'll say !


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