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InfoWorld: Microsoft exec makes security pledge

Jul 25, 2000, 21:23 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gary H. Anthes)

"The man who receives more complaints about the security of Microsoft's software than anyone on the planet vowed Monday that the company's products are improving in quality and will continue to become more secure."

"In particular, Whistler, the planned next version of Windows 2000 for business users and consumers, is due to show the results of several security-improvement initiatives that are now in the works at Microsoft, said Steve Lipner, manager of the company's Security Response Center."

"Lipner's comments at a security summit for officials from industry, government, and academia came in the wake of a series of disclosures about security holes in Microsoft's products. For example, Microsoft last week said it was working to fix potentially dangerous holes in both its Outlook e-mail software and its Internet Explorer browser."

"Lipner told attendees at the Cyber Security Summit, sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Survivable Systems, that the Microsoft response center typically receives from 10 to 100 messages per day from users who are reporting security problems. "But recently, it's been closer to 100," he said."

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