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Doug's Mailbag: Patching Patch Tuesday

In honor of yesterday's Patch Tuesday, here are some reader thoughts on the Microsoft monthly tradition:

I have never been impressed with the thoroughness of Microsoft's development in regards to security. And I think it shows with the enormous amounts of patches that get distributed for every operating system and software program. I understand they can't catch everything, but wouldn't you think that after so many years of OS/software that you have to patch that it would be a good idea to secure systems before they come out -- instead of sending out ridiculous amounts of patches, which in turn usually slow machines/software down after so many get applied? But, what do I know? I am not a programmer.

As always, your columns and articles are informative and entertaining.
-Travis

I would like to see a comparison of patches released for other operating systems. I've seen similar lists in the past (maybe on CERN's site) that actually show MS operating systems require fewer patches than Mac OS and some Linux distributions. Your question is more relevant if compared to what competing operating systems require.
-Curtis

Whether I have two or 20 patches, if I have to reboot the server, the number of patches does not matter to me. Some people seem to make a big deal out of it. I'm just glad that bugs are being fixed. I'd rather have 20 patches, once a month, then have two patches this week, four more next week and so forth. And that's just my opinion...
-Bruce

I don't believe Microsoft has ever really been proactive about anything, and has been more of a reactive entity with regards to patches.

Although, maybe they are proactive in their new software and in the numerous ways they can just plain outright annoy you.
-Michael

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Posted by Doug Barney on August 11, 2010 at 11:53 AM


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Wed, Aug 11, 2010 Larryl Santa Barbara

Whine, whine, whine: Microsoft has too many patches; Microsoft doesn't have enough patches; if Microsoft really cared about its clients, it would make us more secure; Microsoft's causing me grief and making my life too hard with these patches. Boo hoo, boo hoo hoo. GROW UP or GET OUT! (As in, there are other vendors, go use their products and whine at them for awhile). Either solution would do.

Wed, Aug 11, 2010 Doug USA

Scary part are the patches that go from 2008 R2 back to all older supported versions. The IE patch that went from IE5 up. Now that 2000 is unsupported we won't know past XP.

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