Forwarded from: "Kuypers, Jimmy" <myemailaccountat_private> CMIIW, but didn't microsoft anounce to downplay alot of it's security warnings to less then "critical" because of the many critical patches real end-users could no longer distinquish wich patches are truely critical (imo all are ofcourse) and then the end-users wouldn't download any of them... This was also called the "boy who cried wolf" effect.... Leme see, yes a quote : "The Redmond-based software giant also plans to limit the "critical" rating on security alerts to customers because of fears that too many high-level alerts were being issued. Instead of issuing a "critical" rating on vulnerability warnings, Microsoft has modified its Severity Rating Criteria to specify clearly which bugs needed to be addressed immediately. "There is also a widespread feeling that the Severity Ratings are difficult to understand and apply. For these reasons, we have modified (the criteria) to help customers more easily evaluate the impact of security issues," Lipner explained. So far this year, almost half of Microsoft's 64 vulnerability alerts were tagged with the 'critical' rating and security experts have warned about a potential "cry wolf" situation if too many insignificant patches came with the highest-level rating. " I got this from http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/1503241 but I first got wind of it via this article http://www.tweakers.net/nieuws/24378/?highlight=critical+%2B+microsoft+%2B+p atch (some of it in Dutch) Conclusion: So we can expect less "critical" patches from MS now. Just keep in mind that this doesn't mean there are less bugs or security problems with the MS software. Eventho MS re-upgraded the severity level of this patch due to negative feedback, this won't get them to step of their new policy of downplaying security warnings. Greatings, Jimmy -----Original Message----- From: InfoSec News [mailto:isnat_private] Sent: woensdag 11 december 2002 9:25 To: isnat_private Subject: Re: [ISN] Microsoft upgrades IE flaw to critical after criticism 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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