Re: Update while you can...

From: Michael J. Pelletier (
Date: 01/27/05

Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 12:54:58 -0800

Nick Roberts wrote:

> "Michael J. Pelletier" <> wrote:
>> I guess the question I have is this. Will this attempt by Microsoft help
>> or hurt the current virus and mail bot problems?
> My prediction would be that: (1) Microsoft will introduce policies that
> restrict access to security patches for pirate users; (2) the news media
> will get hold of the story and publish (air) a few classic scare stories;
> (3) Microsoft will react by rescinding the policies.

Maybe, but history has shown that Microsoft is quite stubborn and sometimes
> So, in other words, I don't think it's a very important issue.
> My nose (ever reliable) tells me that this issue will quickly get
> overtaken by others yet to emerge. For example, suppose a worm goes wild
> that exploits a weakness in Windows that is hard or impossible to
> retrospectively patch? It could cause pandemonium on a scale never yet
> experienced. My suspicion is that something like this will make other
> Windows security issues pale into insignificance in the not very distant
> future.

I can see that...