ambassador at fourthworld.com
Sat May 13 11:36:35 EDT 2017
Richmond Mathewson wrote:
> " The WannaCry virus only infects machines running Windows"
> Err . . . Linux
While it's true that this particular exploit is dependent on a
Windows-specific vulnerability, this is no time for smugness. There's a
larger issue here relevant for all of us:
IF YOUR SYSTEM US NO LONGER RECEIVING UPDATES, IT'S NO LONGER RECEIVING
CRITICAL SECURITY PATCHES FOR KNOWN VULNERABILITIES.
Any such system, if connected to any network that connects to the
Internet, should be considered too dangerous to use.
Doesn't matter whether it's Windows, macOS, or Linux. Once the OS has
reached EOL, either upgrade to a supported OS version or turn off all
This exploit has become a global tragedy, but worse is that it appears
to have been preventable:
Microsoft issued a patch protecting against this months ago, and for the
(shockingly large number of) machines still running XP, Microsoft spent
literally millions over a many years reminding everyone of XP's EOL date
and encouraging them to upgrade to a supported OS version.
Apple (for reasons only they can discern but AFAIK have not disclosed)
are less kind to their users, often stopping updates without explicit
notice and little if any forewarning. They do advertise when new
versions are available, but generally haven't provided clear notice when
EOL is reached for a given version. For example, when Snow Leopard
reached EOL, even though some 19% of all Macs were still running it, no
notification was provided that it would not be receiving patches; it
simply stopped getting them.
With Ubuntu, EOL date is well advertised even before a version is
released. That project follows a fixed release cycle in which all
long-term support versions get exactly five years of updates, and all
interim releases get 18 months of updates. You know even before you
download exactly when it will reach EOL.
With all three, once you know it's reached EOL you must either upgrade,
or put yourself and your organization at risk.
If the post-EOL exploits that occurred with Best Buy and Target a couple
summers ago didn't drive the point home clearly enough, yesterday's
global attack should: "What, me worry?" is not a sound IT policy.
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