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MS Vulnerability up for sale on ebay

This is for all you open source people out there:

Special offers:

"Microsoft representatives get 10% off the final price. To qualify, you MUST provide @microsoft.com e-mail address and MUST mention discount code LINUXRULZ during checkout."

I saw this on an RSS Feed of CNET:
http://news.com.com/2061-10789_3-5988086.html?part=rss&tag=5988086&subj=news

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Wanna bet?

How many of you wanna bet that this will be in the next worm/virus?

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this is dumb

this is dumb
if these guys are selling vulnerabilitys they could get rich
off microsoft lol (that is why i like apple)
this is like the time someone tried to sell west virgina

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the guy says the money will go towards open-source developement. That's better than people selling it and keeping the money for themselves.

I just find it ironic that he even included MS Exec's./Reps. in the auction and is *Even* giving them a discount. If an MS Exec went for it, I would ratchet up the price so even more money goes to OS Developement. And to think, that would make M$ promoting Open source thru a medium Laughing out loud

EDIT:

I just re-read the auction, it said "Part" of the sale will go to OS Dev. That's better than nothing at least.

I am all for this, even though I use win2k on my PC Sad It needs to open the Eyes of M$ (if that will ever happen Tongue ) that their sloppy code (and wrap-up) needs to be checked and instead of hammering out a product right out of alpha stage (and using the people who use it as beta testing (the end of product support indicates that it went live 'officially'))

This is unacceptable that a big corporation neglects stuff to get money, and it's end-user's suffer. And to add insult-to-injury, they force people into buying their products, by running out competition, or do a continual lawsuit on a new developer until the developer goes out of business. And then do nothing to protect the people (fixing one thing in a 13MB Patch is something to laugh at, and yet, it's not funny) by doing very little that they can do to get by.

This is a major flaw in corporate business's that do this, people who use the products end up suffering, and are forced to suffer, or face the wrath of the 'over-lords'

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your right

that is a good point and a good idea. I hope this does not make a new virus i still have a pc

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meh,

my PC is really only used for work, and that is recovering stuff off of people's HDD's that are fully of crap like that. I end up reinstalling every month or so. That's y i have an ibook Wink

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aman to that

I read your edit and you are right about microsoft's crapy software develoment and how the end user pays the price (THAT WHY THERE NOT MUCH WINDOWS FAN SITES) and with the high price of programing software I think they could use the money.The one thing that of apple microsoft should copy is the way apple makes good rock solid software they spend so much time and money makeing bells and wissle programs and trying to copy the mac os gui's look things like this HAPPEN.at least some one comes out a winner.

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Re: aman to that

appleman871 wrote:

(THAT WHY THERE NOT MUCH WINDOWS FAN SITES)

Heh, that must be y I see sights with skins that look like stuff "Other" than windows. With the OS X GUI leading the lead of most of the skins

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Not to discourage the MS bash

Not to discourage the MS bashing, but this is disgraceful.

The fact that they're auctioning a security hole goes contrary to some of the core ideas of open source.

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I think

I think that it ms'S falt for not looking for holes in the program on the other hand it is a dumb to sell this kind of thing to sell

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Re: I think

appleman871 wrote:

I think that it ms'S falt for not looking for holes in the program on the other hand it is a dumb to sell this kind of thing to sell

They look for holes. Software has bugs. QA is imperfect.

I take it you don't write code.

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the olny code I write is qbas

the olny code I write is qbasic and i'm not to good at it
but I guess that what I said was a little off.and some bugs can be unseen

i'm am sorry about the comment this does happen in ms more than apple maybe it is to due with the fact that microsoft has more to do

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Oh, I'm absolutely not excusi

Oh, I'm absolutely not excusing Microsofts poor quality control. They do test, but they ship with extremely obvious bugs and take an absurd time to release patches.

XP is actually pretty good. My major problem with MS security is the amount of services they leave on by default. When a big virus hits, it hits big because most people have a bunch of servers listening on ports that they don't need open.

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Re: I think

BDub wrote:

...They look for holes. Software has bugs. QA is imperfect.
...

From what I read, it sounds like the feedback advising MS of the problem was not acted upon byt the developers and the problem was allowed to persist, leaving this person feeling the need to force the hand(s) of MS.

I write code (mostly JCL, some COBOL and VB) and work on vendor software. I appreciate the challenges that come from having so much source code to QA and dealing with a vendor that has their hands full, but I would politely interject the notion that part of the problem is that the source code is too big. There are too few reusable components and too much bloat in the application. Any developed package with fewer lines of code can be just as powerful as one with thousands of subroutines and exits. With programming less really is more, but it seems MS is not quite there. I have the same gripe with Apple when I think about why X does not really fit on my 3.2GB iBook and 9 does.

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Re: I think

doug-doug the mighty wrote:

From what I read, it sounds like the feedback advising MS of the problem was not acted upon byt the developers and the problem was allowed to persist, leaving this person feeling the need to force the hand(s) of MS.

I should read the article, eh?

It says it was found on Dec. 6. That's not really enough time to put together and test a patch though, for something as big as Windows (IMHO).

I'll stick to the opinion that it's a bad move. Folks who release something a month or two after they've informed the developer is fine by me, but a day or two? MS has a patch cycle, like most big software companies. Once a month or so? Granted, I think its too infrequent, but couldn't the folks who found the bug give them one full patch cycle to get out a fix?

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Re: I think

BDub wrote:

I should read the article, eh?

It says it was found on Dec. 6. That's not really enough time to put together and test a patch though, for something as big as Windows (IMHO).

Yikes! I cannot believe I missed that...

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