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Windows 7: Win Users Need to Patch Once Every 4.8 Days on Average.

04 Mar 2010   #1
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Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Win Users Need to Patch Once Every 4.8 Days on Average.

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In order to make sure that their copies of Windows are bulletproofed against exploits in the wild, customers need to apply a patch every five days, according to Secunia. Of course, not all patches target the Windows operating system. Updates are also needed to plug security holes in the software that runs on top of the platform. Thomas Kristensen, the chief security officer of Secunia, revealed that security vulnerabilities were the main avenue for attacks, allowing for the affected systems to be compromised.
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Windows Users Need to Patch Once Every 4.8 Days on Average - In order to keep their machines safe - Softpedia

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04 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

eh....

I rarely patch anything. Maybe Windows Update is included, but it does the job for me. I don't ever patch stuff.

/lazy
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04 Mar 2010   #3

 

MS never heard the wisdom "Do it right the first time, or don't do it at all"
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04 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Ugh, does anyone use Linux around here?

A STOCK install, nothing extra other than the live CD will have an update atleast once a day, sometimes multiple times.

A stock install of FC12 installed then updated will have something like 300 MB of updates an it's only 2-3 months old!

Windows has FAR fewer updates than Linux does. And far fewer breakages because of it. It's rather remarkable actually.
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04 Mar 2010   #5

 

lol.. very true.. the difference is linux doesn't stop working if you fail to update it regularly
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04 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Yeah it's sort of the opposite, it stops working if you do

I always set it up with all the latest updates, pray it keeps running, then set everything to off and use it for as long as possible before doing a reinstall.

Random ABI breaking kernel updates are NOT appretiated in a stable build machine (i.e. 2.6.31 that just came out)

I don't know what ever happened to not breaking the ABI in the even numbered "stable" kernels
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04 Mar 2010   #7

 
 

I've heard this argument from Mac users as well...

At least MS put the effort in to keep it up to date, unlike Apple, they just release an update and make you download 400mb every 6 months instead of patching when it's needed. Also updating the version of the OS and making you pay for it for minor changes.
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04 Mar 2010   #8

W7 Pro 64
 
 

damn if you do, damn if you don't. If MS (or other manufacturers) would not provide updates the same people would complain again.
I'm happy software gets updated, and automatically. I don't have to "patch" anything since it is automatic.
MS provide FREE updates for 10 years from release date on. Any other software with such service requires an expensive subscription.

sure one could do it right the first time, but the OS is so complex and there are new software, applications and hardware every day. How would that work and still be modern? today Windows 7 supports USB 2.0. Now, next year therwill be USB 3.0. How wouldthat work without updates, unless USB 3.0 specs were known years ago and didn't change. Same with USB 4.0 in 3 years, or so.
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04 Mar 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate (64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
lol.. very true.. the difference is linux doesn't stop working if you fail to update it regularly
Nor does Windows...
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04 Mar 2010   #10

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
MS never heard the wisdom "Do it right the first time, or don't do it at all"
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by article
Of course, not all patches target the Windows operating system. Updates are also needed to plug security holes in the software that runs on top of the platform
As a broad analogy, the same logic can be applied to a car manufacturer.

Every new model released will have some component that is not quite up to scratch. Which is only noticed under 'real world' usage.

Usually this only affects a small percentage of vehicles but on the whole, the model range is usually fine.

These problems are rectified by recalls and not using the same part in the 2nd or 3rd series releases of that model.

The same can be said for MS patches (and other Operating Systems as well)

3rd party apps are akin to someone modifying a stock with vehicle with after market parts.

If the after market part breaks the stock vehicle, who is to blame? Not the manufacturer.

Plus, how many drivers/mechanics actively seek to nefariously exploit a one particular vehicle model's flaws on a daily basis?
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