Re: Firewall: router vs. software

From: Eirik Seim (eirik_at_mi.uib.no)
Date: 02/02/04


Date: 2 Feb 2004 13:21:39 GMT

On Sun, 01 Feb 2004 21:40:35 -0500, lisa_langford@blu.net wrote:

[snip]

> Only a complete idiot would put a Windows system on the net without any
> sort of protection.

Only a complete idiot would put _any_ system on the net without any
sort of protection.

If malware is installed and running on the system, it cannot be
trusted unless the operating system restricts the harm it is allowed
to do. On Windows 95/98/Me (MacOS until 9.x, and probably other,
less known systems) there are no such restrictions. On Windows 2000
and XP there are restrictions, but far to many users (with good help
from Microsoft) has efficiently shoot themselfes in their foot by
using the Administrator account (or the group).

Same goes if the system is not up to date with patches.

I learned from Microsoft the other day that instead of pushing the
patches out as fast as possible, their new policy was to build
bundles each month so that customers won't complain about "all those
patches". That could leave you vulnerable for ~30 days, in a world
where million internet hosts get infected by new malware in a matter
of hours. Makes me wonder if Microsoft has learned anything at all
about security over the last years.

- Eirik

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