Why not patch all windows and not just legal copies

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Subject: Why not patch all windows and not just legal copies
Posted by:  Michael Davis (Comcast.Net) (netgu…@comcast.net)
Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2006

It seems to me that its a bad idea to deny owners of illegal copies of
windows the ability to patch their computers. Windows is running on
hundereds of millions of computers and hundreds of millions of computers are
not being patched. Here are the issues which lead to the perfect storm we
are in right now.

1. Computer programming languages like C that do not check for buffer
overflow (require that the programmer code for buffer overflow checking
within the application itself)

2. monolithic adoption of a singular operating system  for servers and
client computing.

3. stolen code for NT 4.0, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

4. majority of Microsoft code run in pacific rim and former USSR is not
legit

Microsoft Policy requiring validation to patch operating systems.

5. windows available from WAREZ and other download sites, hacked, infected
etc.

6. rapid adoption of new code practices without consideration of the
security consequences

7. botnets composed of compromised systems

8. adware, spyware, malware, virus (to me, if I didnt install it, its a
virus)

9. The Internet and nature of TCP/IP

To fight this perfect storm Billions of dollars are being spent to simply
stay current. Meaning that the legit systems are constantly being assaulted
by botnets comprised of hacked unpatched computers and networks have to
respond to new emerging threats arising from the sea of unpatched computers.

It is simply prudent to realize the nature of the situation and allow all
windows systems to be patched or at the very least someone should offer 3rd
party alternative patches to bootleg since we know they will not buy Windows
and they are being exploited.

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