Forwarded from: joergat_private-sb.de Allow me to comment a little bit on this one: > http://www.nwfusion.com/news/2002/1209msflaw.html > > By Joris Evers > IDG News Service > 12/09/02 > > Microsoft raised the risk rating on a security flaw in Internet > Explorer (IE) to "critical" after criticism prompted it to reexamine > the issue, the company said Friday. The company did hardly get 'prompted to reexamine the issue'. It got told directly that it is wrong, on the edge of lying. In the words of Thor Larholm on Bugtraq, http://online.securityfocus.com/archive/1/302174/2002-11-30/2002-12-06/0 "It seems like Microsoft are deliberately downplaying the severity of their vulnerabilities in an attempt to gain less bad press. It sure would look bad to release 2 critical cumulative updates in just 2 weeks, but that is exactly what has been done. As it stands now, the bulletin is released and most journalists willing to comment have already noticed the "Moderate" label and the extensive list of (incorrect) mitigating factors, and quite likely will not write anything on just how severe this really is. I doubt most people care to read the revisions to the bulletin that will come later." It is possible that the article by nwfusion references another MS Security bulletin, as MS chose to change the Severity Rating of some bulletins lately. I lost track of IE patches some years ago, I am afraid. Trustworthy Bulletin Initiative might be the next step MS wants to take... Regards, Joerg - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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