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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Has Patch Mess

Microsoft to fix 34 holes in Windows, Office, IE

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| Microsoft will on Tuesday issue 10 
| bulletins fixing 34 vulnerabilities 
| affecting Windows, Office, and Internet 
| Explorer. 


Microsoft admits hidden fixes, so the numbers above are a lower bound and underestimate.

Microsoftâs XP Deadline Is A Green Timebomb



Microsoft issues 'silent' patches; AT&T to pay for slow DSL speeds


Microsoft "silently" patches vulnerabilities, leaves admins in the dark


Security Firm Makes Noise About Microsoft Silent Patching

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| Note that a policy such as this implies that
| Microsoft will not patch known, internally-
| discovered vulnerabilities if an externally-
| sourced vulnerability of the same or lesser
| severity is not available for the silent
| patch to piggyback on. They'll sit on it, and
| we won't know for how long because they don't
| document it.


Microsoft Re-releases Patch For Windows Movie Maker, MS Producer


US government finally admits most piracy estimates are bogus

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| We've all seen the studies trumpeting
| massive losses to the US economy from
| piracy. One famous figure, used literally
| for decades by rightsholders and the
| government, said that 750,000 jobs and up to
| $250 billion a year could be lost in the US
| economy thanks to IP infringement. A couple
| years ago, we thoroughly debunked that
| figure. For years, Business Software
| Alliance reports on software piracy assumed
| that each illicit copy was a lost sale. And
| the MPAA's own commissioned study on movie
| piracy turned out to overstate collegiate
| downloading by a factor of three.
| Can we trust any of these claims about
| piracy?
| The US doesn't think so. In a new report out
| yesterday, the government's own internal
| watchdog took a close look at "efforts to
| quantify the economic effects of counterfeit
| and pirated goods." After examining all the
| data and consulting with numerous experts
| inside and outside of government, the
| Government Accountability Office concluded
| (PDF) that it is "difficult, if not
| impossible, to quantify the economy-wide
| impacts."


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