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Microsoft Slams Windows Exploit Code Disclosure
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3/21/2012 | 10:24:31 PM
re: Microsoft Slams Windows Exploit Code Disclosure
This is what I consider the cost of doing business with Microsoft. Get exploited systems, reboot critical systems at least once a month, get 'enterprise' apps that crash and leak memory like there is no tomorrow - and pay dearly for it while Microsoft gives crap about it all. Dear IT managers, CIOs, and CTOs, why the heck to you keep buying Microsoft?
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3/20/2012 | 2:00:09 AM
re: Microsoft Slams Windows Exploit Code Disclosure
Is anyone else here distressed about the timeline of these events?

Bug discovered in May 2011 (10 months ago)
Bug verified and notification delivered to Microsoft in August 2011 (7 months ago)
Microsoft develops an exploit of this bug to test with in Novermber 2011 (4 months ago)
Microsoft releases patch in March 2012.

So, for 10 months (or longer), it's possible that this bug could have been exploited without any form of remediation? Given the list of operating systems that are affected by this bug (anything you could find on a Wintel system since roughly 2002, and possibly before that since there's no mention of Windows 2000), and the criticality of this sort of bug if it were exploited, that's worrysome for me as an IT professional.

I think the big thing that a lot of CIOs out there that lean heavily on Microsoft's products in their organization are asking is "What needs to happen at Microsoft to accelerate the remediation process when a problem of this size gets put on their radar?"

Andrew Hornback
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