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From: seth at (Seth Alan Woolley)
Subject: The new Microsoft math:  1 patch for 14 vulnerabilities, MS04-011

On Wed, Apr 14, 2004 at 07:10:20AM -0700, Edward W. Ray wrote:
> 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's usually one patch per program package in my experience.

I've personally submitted single patches to fix multiple copies of many
vulnerabilities in programs I've found vulns in.  Vulns are never alone
-- they come with friends.

Security Team Leader Source Mage GNU/Linux,

P.S.  I don't think any consulting company doing a study worth its salt
will be fooled by that since it's so common.  There are many transparent
and unannounced security fixes that happen during regular upgrade cycles
in many products, closed and open source, so the significance of these
studies is inherently weak unless some attempt is made to estimate the
error that this fact introduces.

Seth Alan Woolley <seth at>, SPAM/UCE is unauthorized
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