the reason for the delay is marketing
how do you get people to PAY for windows update
when they answer that question theyll roll it out
say goodbye to what little free stuff is offered on WU as the system theyre building is to - what else - maximize revenue
* MS! too much nickel and diming at every juncture!
Hah! You rock, Lars. Tell it like it is.
Regarding the slashdot quote: "If they can't seem to patch their OS fast enough, what makes them think they can keep their AV software up to date?"...
It seems to me there there's a significant difference between updating their binaries, and updating an AV signature libraries. If I understand AV correctly, it just searches accessed files for virus signatures, and blocks them, right? There's a lot less work
involved in maintaining that than releasing a new OS binary. With the OS binary, you have to test, test, test, test, test, test, and... test some more. If you break something, oh, you're screwed!
I think that rhetorical question kinda touches the subject of motivation. Patching Windows is something that costs Microsoft money. Being the first one to detect and zap a virus is important for an AV-vendor to increase sales. They can't label a threat
as "low" and then just leave it alone. When there are several different AV-vendors competition makes sure that they do their very best at all times.
Very good point. OTOH, AV software is a "quick" way for Microsoft to claim that they're handling security, mitigating one of the (big) reasons that people choose another platform. Maybe?
That is such BS. The ADODB.Stream security hole last exploited in the the 180 Solutions Trojan has been known since Aug 26 2003. And it's still unpatched.
Think before you talk. And look things up instead of just saying what your mates tell you. Then maybe some day you'll get a clue.
Sure. As an end user it would be great to get a free AV bundled with the OS. Like we now get a firewall for instance. It would enable Microsoft to reaffirm its statement about security being number one. It could even be an incentive to those with pirated
copies of Windows to buy the OS to get access to the definition subscription.
But it's a dangerous path. The AV vendors just might not like being pushed out of business. It would be a similar situation to the one Microsoft is facing with the EU over the bundled Media Player. If their appeal is rejected they will have to remove Media
Player within 30 days.
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