[plug] MS vulnerability
craig at postnewspapers.com.au
Fri Aug 15 14:31:30 WST 2003
> MS has discontinued support (no more patches) for NT4, and presumably
(goes looking for a low-end pentium to put between the NT4 box and the
rest of the LAN).
> The number of legacy systems out there is far more than MS like.. I
> wonder if these unpatchable (unmaintained and closed source) OS will act
> as sounding boards for future worms, virii etc in the future.. Meaning
> that now that MS is retiring support, the need to keep on top of patches
> for w2K, W2003 and XP is even more importan.
I suspect that increasingly NT4 will be all bugged out. That is, most
security holes it has will have been fixed, and new ones will mostly be
discovered in /newer/ MS OSes. Also, I'd be really surprised if there
were many NT4 boxes connected directly to the 'net anymore.
That said, I wasn't kidding about firewalling off our (unfortunately
rather critical) NT4 box from the rest of the LAN as much as possible.
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