[thelist] News Item: Major Security Flaw in MS SQL Slows Internet

Hugh Blair hblair at hotfootmail.com
Sun Jan 26 02:24:01 CST 2003

> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of David Kaufman
> true.  i wasn't implying that sysadmins of MS systems were
> any more or less likely to ignore their responsibilities.

Didn't think you were...

> unlike CVS however, this failure to review and repair this bit of
> code was not by a haphazard band of hippie volunteer developers who
> you can't trust anyway,

LOL - great description of how they're perceived by MS loyalists,

> but by The Legions of well-groomed and well-paid Software Engineers
> of Microsoft (insert choir of angels singing here, as rays of
> sunlight pierce the clouds to pinpoint Redmond Washington)

Still LOL - another great description of how MS loyalists perceive

Both perceptions are wrong. Yesterday's MS SE is tomorrow's hippie.

> ah well.  no one's perfect.  not even a staff and a salary can replace
> simply giving a shit, now can it?  i guess i'd just prefer my buffer
> overflows to be pointed out to me by self-styled volunteer
> security pundits causally perusing my open source code, in hopes of
> raising their own prestige among their colleagues in the industry
> than by script kiddies looking to make the evening news by exploiting
> it and earn cracker bragging rights by single handedly bringing
> [down] the internet.

Great point. The biggest problem is that MS doesn't move fast enough
to make changes. That's the biggest problem with large organizations.
Open Source has everyone that's interested, looking at the code and
making suggestions for change.

I'll still use the best product for the job.


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