That Other OS Is Such A Kluge 90 Days Wasn’t Enough Time To Fix A Critical Vulnerability

With $billions in the bank, you’d think M$ could fix anything over a weekend but no, 90 days after being informed of a serious vulnerability“Google has made public the details of a security vulnerability in Windows 8.1 a mere 90 days after disclosing it to Microsoft, sparking debate over the wisdom of the online giant’s Project Zero security initiative.
which allows ordinary mortals to become gods in M$’s world, M$ still hadn’t fixed it so Google released it. How many years would they have left folks behinds flying in the breeze if Google hadn’t spilled the beans?

It’s M$’s code. Why can’t they fix it? The FLOSS world including Linux has no trouble fixing stuff rather more quickly. What’s wrong with M$? Do they care nothing of the security of our IT? Are they lazy? Are they afraid publicizing their sins will lose them mindshare? Is it all of the above? Change your IT-provider. Use GNU/Linux.

See Google reveals Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to That Other OS Is Such A Kluge 90 Days Wasn’t Enough Time To Fix A Critical Vulnerability

  1. DrLoser says:

    i’l stick linux and it’s killer app, security.

    Does it come with a spell-checker and a caps key?

  2. AdmFubar says:

    m$ puts flaws in their os at the request of the nsa. these “backdoors/flaws” are there for “national security” part of the nsa’s budget goes to paying m$ to do this nonsense in the “name of making us more secure”. remember how presenters are at security talks are threatened about exposing flaws at their presentations? these are the ones in heavy use by nsa and dont want them to be known.
    the updates that m$ pushes out merely move the flaw around to a different location in the code.

    also remember that the “antivirus” software can’t protect you as they are not allowed to protect against these “types of flaws/backdoors”, i’m sure they are paid to ignore them.. so many av insiders when they leave remark about how the av at their former company doesnt work.

    i’l stick linux and it’s killer app, security.

  3. dougman wrote, “having ones computer turn off and forcibly reboot when M$ says so, is not a good way to retain customers in the long-run.”

    The whole idea of the Wintel monopoly is not sustainable. It’s insane to insist that “free enterprise” is the right way to do things and then to allow a monopoly like Wintel. The government/courts failed to do their jobs but now the market and Google speak.

  4. oiaohm says:

    http://threatpost.com/eff-sues-nsa-odni-over-zero-day-disclosure-processes/106971

    There will be more of this. 90 days will be all software vendors get from lots of security researchers. Why security researchers don’t want to get sued for adding and abetting criminals by with holding information that prevents system administrators from taking prevention measures.

  5. dougman says:

    This is hilarious.. the people whining about Google doing this to M$…the horror!

    I’ll make a wager over the next few years: Patching of Win-Dohs will become more and more problematic, so much so that people will avoid it at all costs!

    Auto updating, having ones computer turn off and forcibly reboot when M$ says so, is not a good way to retain customers in the long-run.

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