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From: support at (Edward W. Ray)
Subject: The new Microsoft math:  1 patch for 14 vulnerabilities, MS04-011

I would not mind the bunching, except that many of the vulnerabilities were
discovered more than 4-6 months ago.  The other Oses release patches much
more quickly.  What if someone other than Eeye with an axe to grind
discovered these flaws before Microsoft decided to patch them? 

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Roman
Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2004 7:36 AM
Subject: Re: [Full-Disclosure] The new Microsoft math: 1 patch for 14
vulnerabilities, MS04-011

> I use Linux, OpenBSD and Windows in my enterprise.  Linux and OpenBSD 
> use the "1 patch for 1 vulnerability" rule.  Seems to me that MS is 
> bunching their patches together in order to make it seem on the 
> surface that Windows has less patches than other Oses, therefore it is 
> more secure.  CIOs, take note.

It happens from time to time (today...) that several bugs get fixed with one
update package on SUSE Linux (and other Linuxes). But: One update package
fixes one package, whereas one patch can consist of several update packages
(in our patch management framework).

After all, it is a matter of transparency if you can manually, individually
select what update package you want on your system and which not. Probably
even more important: You should also be able to see what _changes_ have been
applied to every single update package. Otherwise, you just can't know what
else has been "fixed"...

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