Linked by Andrew Youll on Wed 17th Aug 2005 15:52 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Windows The internet is full of hosts running unpatched versions of Windows. Should Microsoft release patching worms to fix every vulnerable system on the Internet in a matter of minutes? That's one of the hot questions that security researcher Jose Nazario, famous for his WormBlog, answered in this interview on SecurityFocus. It's a nice read, especially when they start comparing computer worms to nature phenomena.
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Hmm...
by on Wed 17th Aug 2005 16:48 UTC

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I think it'd be neat to see someone do this, but like the guy in the interview said, there are downsides to it.

Despite the potential downsides, I say go for it!

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RE: Hmm...
by on Wed 17th Aug 2005 18:27 in reply to "Hmm... "
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Despite the potential downsides, I say go for it!

OK, what are the upsides that are worth the downsides?

Keep in mind that you have to put serious effort into convincing me (and others) who have already gone over this idea many times in the past and have come up with the conclusion each time that it's a really really bad idea.

I'm not against being convinced, though at this time I'd have to consider anyone who released a patching worm in to the wild a "bad guy" just as bad as the creators and distributors of intentionally distructive viruses.

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