RE: New Poll on

  • From: "John Tolmachoff \(Lists\)" <johnlist@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'[ExchangeList]'" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2003 07:13:45 -0700

Well said Frederic.


John Tolmachoff MCSE CSSA


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-----Original Message-----
From: Frederic Giroux [mailto:fgiroux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2003 7:01 AM
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Subject: [exchangelist] RE: New Poll on

Mike Dufoe said... 

2000 but after this last outbreak from MS (RPC), my CEO's want me to find
another product as they say they can't have down time like this and why
should we pay thousands of $$$ for this ????




I am sorry to disagree with your CEO. I do have some empathy for lay people
that are affected by Blaster and others of the sort since they do not have
the training (or they simply don't care) to realize the importance of
upgrading and maintaining systems up-to-date.  However, I have much less
empathy for SysAdmins that are suppose to know what they are doing.


The RPC bug is only another problem in a long list of problems that affect
ANY OS. Linux, UNIX and others do have problems and sometimes those problems
remain unfixed for a long time of the SysAdmin do not upgrade their systems
(recall the BIND bug).


I am not a MS fan per say. I respect every OS the way it has to be
respected.  After years of development, Windows is finally (with 2000) a
stable platform that deserves to be in the major leagues.  What makes the
differences between Windows and other OSes is that Windows is more
"democratic" so lots of "wannabe" SysAdmin try it thinking they can easily
manage it. This is lack of respect and they eventually have to pay for it.


My point is that if you maintain your system up-to-date, manage the firewall
properly and do administrative tasks (such as checking your antivirus), you
will be able to avoid problems such as the ones caused by Blaster. Of
course, all systems have flaws that an intruder can get through (if it can
be found).


In conclusion, my point is that it is easy to blame Windows and/or
Microsoft. Before doing that, start thinking about what YOU could have done
to prevent problems and, most of the time, you will realize that you made a
mistake along the road.


If you switch product, you will realize that they also have their flaws.


Frederic Giroux

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