Thursday, October 02, 2003

Microsoft changes tack in fixing Windows Bugs

CNET News (via Leoville) reports that Microsoft is admitting that their strategy of releasing patches to fix security holes as they pop up in it's Windows OS is a bust.

Announcing a new "securing the perimeter" strategy, by focusing more on firewalls to block potential hackers than to shore up any holes in the OS. The decision came with the reality that most Windows users don't update their OS often enough to make a patch effective.

Windows XP comes with a built in firewall which users can turn on, but the conventional wisdom is that it's only marginally effective. So this move may prompt MS to focus on improving it.


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