[windows2000] Re: SV: Re: Discussion: Microsoft to release patches once per month

  • From: "Neil Bullock" <n.bullock@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 09:14:26 -0000

Svein Arild Haugum wrote:

> I solved the laptop problem by doing:
> I made an OU for Laptop Computers in AD.
> Created a GPO wich installed the AutoUpdate klient, made the
> AutoUpdate service autostart, turned of software install warnings.
> Then i importet the WindowsUpdate template into the policy, and
> configured the laptops to automaticly download and install updates
> from WindowsUpdate (web).

I'll play about with this and see what I can get going.  The problem is
people don't connect their laptops to the network that often, and many of
them don't use the internet at home (or elsewhere).

> "I think maybe they should release the patches as and when they are
> available, but send out a mail summarising patch releases every
> month."
> I dont agree with this, this would give people who are die hard
> security focused a better option, and hackers better options, since
> they can find bugs up to a month before regular people even hear
> about them. So once a patch is ready they MUST tell everyone, or keep
> it quiet.

That's true enough.  Didn't think about that :)

It is a dilemma - releasing patches regularly makes people complain about
being overloaded with patches, and releasing them on a schedule makes people
complain that major problems will go unpatched for a month.

I wonder what would happen if someone discovered a vulnerability and
exploited it on the scale of Blaster - surely Microsoft wouldn't wait for a
month before patching the problem..

Neil Bullock, ICT Technician.
Brayton College, Doncaster Road, Selby, North Yorkshire, YO8 9QS
Tel: 01757 707731; Fax: 01757 213389

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