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I'm Not Anti-Microsoft -- Honestly! 20 June 2001 Edition
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Yesterday was a Tuesday -- and right on queue came the announcement that another critical security flaw had been uncovered in Microsoft's IIS webserver software (see the latest security alerts in the right-hand column).

Okay, so last week it was the webmail interface to Microsoft's Exchange 2000 and 5.5 and not IIS -- but even the most loyal fan of Billy's big software shop must be starting to doubt the software giant's ability to cut safe code.

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And it's not just that bad code escapes the QC at Redmond -- it's that there seem to be an increasing number of occasions on which Microsoft seems incapable of properly fixing the holes without making several failed attempts first.

Don't get me wrong -- I think Microsoft does a great job producing some very slick software that the world has embraced -- at least partly due to a good price/performance ratio.

However, it seems that someone is pushing the boys in the coding room just a little too hard these days -- and the results are showing up as software with gaping holes and lousy patches.

I find it interesting to note that when a couple of Ford Explorer SUVs tip over because of allegedly faulty Firestone tires, the USA goes mad and even the government demands answers -- especially when the tires are supposedly fixed but the problem persists.

Why then so little outcry over the shonky security QC associated with Microsoft's flagship Internet products: Internet Explorer, MS Exchange, Outlook and IIS?

Okay, so maybe there aren't any lives at stake here -- but there are billions of dollars involved when vulnerable servers are hijacked and used to launch distributed denial of service attacks.

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    The craziness of the situation is made even more apparent when you realise that the most popular alternatives to Microsoft's Internet server products are free and no more difficult to set up (securely) than those from MS.

    What's more -- recent tests indicate that they blow the Microsoft offerings out of the water from a performance perspective.

    What's going on -- are Microsoft users just latent masochists or what?

    However, that's no reason for ISOCNZ to make this stupid recommendation to its members.

    Okay, so it does make sense to use Netscape rather than IE as your browser and Pegasus is a whole lot safer than Outlook -- but anyone with half a brain can make a single MS Windows PC secure enough to act as a PC rigged for Net browsing.

    Just make sure your software is patched to the latest release, set all the security settings to maximum and add a personal firewall. You won't be invulnerable to a hostile attack -- but you'll make it hard enough that the script kiddies will likely move on to an easier target.

    If ISOCNZ is serious about protecting its member's security -- where's the list of recommendations as to how to secure PC against attack? I thought I'd find such a thing on the ISOCNZ website -- but a search for "security" simply directed me to their 12 Commandments with no mention of personal firewalls, good practice for managing incoming email, etc, etc.

    What gives here?

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