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Purdy (2383)

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Bleh - not feeling creative right now. You can check me out on PerlMonks [perlmonks.org].

Journal of Purdy (2383)

Thursday October 03, 2002
04:01 PM

Latest rise in my blood pressure...

[ #8156 ]
Got my latest issue of eWeek and the cover has two headlines: Open-Source Insecurity? and Microsoft puts meat behind security push ... let's see ... they're talking about the OpenSSL worm that already had a patch out BEFORE the worm was let loose and we've yet to receive a fix for Microsoft's lousy certificate-spoofing bug.

In the article, they put together a cute little table of OS's and the # of patches that have been released (Source: Vendor Web sites). For Red Hat Linux 7.3, they say 35. For Windows XP Pro, they say 6. 6 ?! Are they smoking crack? The SP1 for XP Pro contained several (more than 10, for sure) patches all-included and today, I downloaded two more.

Then ya got this quote from Gene Spafford, professor of CS @ Purdue University:

"Linux is awful. There are no design specs. Everybody and their half-brother who knows some [C code] writes code for it, and they all have the same lack of knowledge. It's who writes it and whether it's planned [that makes a difference], not who looks at the code."

Note to self: Sign Gene up for Microsoft's security alerts... 1000 times. ;)

Well, I guess it shouldn't come as a surprise, as Microsoft has an inside front-cover spread and another 2-page spread in the middle - I'm sure they can flex their advertising spending dollars onto the "objective" editors.

Jason

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