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The Non-Virtuous Patch-Hack Circle

Patches are great for those who use them -- and install them quickly. But for those who ignore patches, gosh help ya. The old hacker trick of dissecting patches and exploiting the holes continues, and often it takes only a day for jerks to build and release an exploit.

That's just what happened last month and again last week, when exploits came out on the second Wednesday of the month (and the patches on Tuesday). The advice here is to take patches seriously and install them quickly.

What do you think? Is there something wrong with the patch process? And how would you hunt down and punish the hackers? Let us know by e-mailing me at [email protected].

Posted by Doug Barney on October 15, 2007 at 11:52 AM


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