Microsoft aims to increase time between patches

By Derek Sooman on November 18, 2004, 3:33 PM
Microsoft have said that their vision of a future OS is one that that will never need patching, but because the Windows software is so complex this is a virtual impossibility. Nevertheless, Microsoft is going to try, and they will also be trying to extend the Windows patch cycle from once a month to once every six months. However, they remain concerned that this can only happen when users will be assured of safety.

"I would prefer [it] if I never have to release another patch again. When it comes to six months -- this is a direction we may decide to go in at some point. Right now, we have to balance the risk of exposing our customers and the speed at which we can deliver a patch." - George Stathakopoulos, Director of Microsoft product security.

We have to admit, though, patching is annoying and something that surely has to go one day. Its not fun having to constantly update your OS and worry about the sheer number of problems that are commonly found.

"Patching is time consuming and risky. It is important to patch but you want to minimise the number of times you want to patch throughout the year. Microsoft is definitely working towards reducing the number of times companies have to patch." - Neil Campbell, National security manager at Internet security specialists Dimension Data.




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Per Hansson said:
Maybe they should take a time and look at the still unfixed vulnerabilities in Windows listed at eeye before making such a claim?I have nothing against security patches, what I do hate is when they are not released in a timley fashion, something Microsoft often proves themselves at while software like Opera, Firefox and the many Linux distros are often updated within hours and have an official patch within a week
jstillion said:
They should go back to releasing patches as they fix them instead of waiting and letting them build up for a larger patch release. I do understand about production systems and the patch here, patch there, is a pain but still doesn't change the fact that if it becomes public, just knowing you have a hole in your security and having to wait till you can get a patch from MS that's already done is worse.And I espically agree about all the known issues that aren't fixed...
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