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05.31.10

Microsoft Finally Admits Numbers of Vulnerabilities It Reports Are Fake

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Red Hat, Security, Servers, Windows at 6:14 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft lies

Summary: Mike Reavey, the director of the Microsoft Security Response Center, admits that Microsoft is silently patching vulnerabilities without ever reporting the problem

IT’S official. Microsoft is a liar. Again. Now there is even admission from Microsoft, confirming an issue which we first raised some weeks ago. Whenever Microsoft says it patches x number of flaws with y number of patches/bulletins, Microsoft ought to be assumed to be lying. Microsoft’s silent patching is a subject we have been covering for years and it helps explain why one in two Windows PCs is believed to be a zombie PC, despite Microsoft’s claims that all of its flaws are being addressed. All those fake comparisons against platforms like Red Hat Enterprise Linux (where Microsoft stacks up and aggregates numbers of flaws) can be thrown into the wastebasket. If convincing proof is needed, here it is. Microsoft first tried to spin it (for weeks) and now it gives up and tells the truth.

Microsoft Official Admits to Quiet Security Patching

Microsoft doesn’t report all security vulnerabilities that it fixes in its software. Bug comparisons between vendors therefore paint an incorrect picture.

“We don’t document every issue found,” Mike Reavey, director of the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), said at a meeting with reporters at the company’s corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

Microsoft will issue a Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number to a vulnerability for flaws that share the same severity, have an attack vector and a workaround. If several flaws share all the same properties, they will not be reported separately, Reavey said.

The nondisclosure of fixes was brought to light early this month by a company called Core Security Technologies. After studying the Microsoft patches MS10-024 and MS10-028, it noticed three silent fixes. Security bulletin MS10-028 addressed a flaw that would expose a user of Microsoft Visio to a buffer overflow attack, which would allow an attacker to take over control of the system.

Finally. Thanks for the honesty. So how much damage has been caused by Microsoft’s lies so far. Microsoft has been denying this for years, but not exactly denying, either. It was spinning and avoiding the actual question. It’s the art of lying without practically lying, just evading. Adobe is at least honest about its proprietary software being insecure garbage. As far as we are aware, Adobe hasn’t a long history of systematic lying, unlike Microsoft.

“Microsoft smacks patch-blocking rootkit second time,” says another new report from Gregg Keizer.

For the second month in a row, Microsoft has tried to eradicate a mutating rootkit that has blocked some Windows users from installing security updates.

Here is another one (also here):

Jerry Bryant, a group manager with the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), said his team is looking into Raskin’s claims, but hinted that Microsoft wouldn’t be patching IE anytime soon. “I wouldn’t classify this as a ‘vulnerability’ though,” Bryant said in an e-mail answer to questions.

The followup says:

Will browser makers patch this? Unlikely. Microsoft’s Jerry Bryant, a general manager at the company’s security response center, said the issue isn’t a security vulnerability per se, and that Internet Explorer (IE) falls for the scam because that’s the way browsers work.

“Working with [Raskin's] proof-of-concept, as written, is expected,” he said in an e-mail Tuesday when asked whether Microsoft had a fix in mind for IE.

Let’s remember how much damage was caused this year because Microsoft had refused to patch known Internet Explorer flaws for five months [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12]. Where is the liability [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]? Watch what it happening in Denver right now.

Denver officials have asked the FBI, Denver police and Microsoft Corp. to help them identify the person or people who have hacked into the city’s website twice in the past week.

If Microsoft gets involved, then it almost must be a Windows server.

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  1. twitter said,

    June 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

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    Microsoft was cornered in two ways. First, people noticed a “silent patch”. The more fundamental bust, however, is that no one with a clue ever believed the “get the facts” propaganda. Only someone with a financial interest will tell you that Windows and GNU/Linux security are equivalent. Only someone without free software experience will believe them.

    Microsoft will go on telling the same lies. “Get the Facts” was not some kind of subtle spin. It was a direct lie, constructed of fabricated evidence, relentlessly pushed anywhere and everywhere people with computer purchasing power and developers had a discussion. Each point of the lie was refuted almost as many times. Someone might get fired for getting caught and Microsoft will keep telling the world that Windows is the most secure software ever.

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