Learning to live with security bugs

Thursday, 24 July 2003, 6:34 AM EST

Last week was not a good one for IT security. No sooner had Microsoft come clean about a buffer overflow vulnerability in Windows Server 2003, than Cisco had to fess up to an Internet Protocol version 4 packet problem on some of its routers.

Meanwhile, Gateway rolled out a new rev of its patch-notification process, and analysts tried to calculate how the time lost to emergency maintenance for patching indexed against the time that could be lost to attacks. And, in an ominous new development, the Gruel/Fakerr worm posed as a patch and as an anti-virus definitions update. Fortunately, the deceptive worm didn’t hit too many machines, but it served as fair warning that nothing is safe anymore.

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