Thursday, July 01, 2004

Latest batch of Microsoft updates

I keep the three XP machines I own up-to-date on all the Microsoft updates. So yesterday when the updater said, "There are updates ready to install", I was expecting one or two new updates. Instead, here's what is needing to be installed today:It's about 20 MB of patches. It will take 10 to 15 minutes to install. If you were to read about each one, it could take well over an hour.

Perhaps that is why US-CERT is suggesting people use other browsers. See also this post on the cost of maintaining XP.

This is starting to feel like a national security issue. The military, government agencies and most American businesses, not to mention hundreds of millions of normal citizens, use Microsoft software every day. If something "bad" were to happen on a large scale to this software, the entire nation would feel it. Yet the software is highly vulnerable. Why is Microsoft allowed to sit on $50 billion in cash rather than being forced to fix the problems it has created?

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