---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2002 22:10:05 -0500 From: Dan Geer <geerat_private> To: R. A. Hettinga <rahat_private> Cc: Digital Bearer Settlement List <dbsat_private>, dcsbat_private Subject: Re: [ISN] Microsoft developers feel Windows pain Bob, A couple of things... As an historical tidbit: Steve Lipner is one of the authors of the Orange Book. As a comment: Security as an imposed focus for Microsoft is heaven sent, you heard me, heaven sent. Consider, as we discussed before, the pressure for feature expansion in Microsoft products as the main determinant for continued competitive and market control -- it must be hell. How many more features can, say, Microsoft Word have anyhow? Feature expansion is an extremely taxing game to play at the limit and Microsoft is there. With this sudden interest in security(*), our friends in Redmond have a heaven sent excuse to get off the rat race for features and *not* bring out any new ones for more or less as long as they like. This is the best cover they will ever, ever have for doing something about quality (which heretofore both sucks and could only get worse in the face of feature explosion). I have to hand it to them -- they are one slick group of lemonade makers for any species of lemon. --dan (*) Disclaimer -- I am a security guy and I could not be happier for both personal and commercial reasons. - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
This archive was generated by hypermail 2b30 : Mon Feb 11 2002 - 04:32:31 PST