Some think the “system” of patches Microsoft has developed to comabt security and programming flaws is a monumental failure.
The MSBlaster worm spreads through a security hole existing on about 17 million PCs using later versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system. In mid-July, Microsoft urged companies and home users to install a free patch.
“Microsoft issued 72 patches last year and 31 so far this year. Installing patches in a corporate setting typically takes months, as patches can cause other applications to crash. ‘The dirty little secret in (technology) today is no organization can keep up with all of the patches,’ says Steve Larsen, CEO of BigFix, which supplies patch-management systems,” report Byron Acohido and Matt Krantz for USA TODAY.
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