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mitchell's blog: Monoculture and Flexibility

Jan 09, 2006, 19:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mitchell Baker)

"Security issues are in the news recently with the Windows Metafile vulnerability. The point of this post is not to second-guess Microsoft's handling of this vulnerability. For this discussion I'm happy to assume that Microsoft is taking exactly the correct actions on exactly the correct schedule. And beyond that, security is much more of a process than a one-time result. It's not possible to be perfect. All of us, including Mozilla Firefox, must deal with security issues. Instead, I want to note that this vulnerability points out a key issue with the Internet that has little to do with Microsoft's handling of this--or any other--specific vulnerability.

"The current monoculture of operating systems is dangerous..."

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