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Security Portal: Why Do I Have to Tighten Security on My System? (Why Can't I Just Patch?)

Jul 20, 2000, 08:20 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Beale)

"Again and again, when considering system security, people tell me, "I already patch my system." I try to explain to them, as I will here, why they're still vulnerable, even if they patch and read BugTraq regularly. To this end, I'll visit the following topics:

  • Levels of Cracker-dom
  • The Way of the Script Kiddie (Methods)
  • Common (Failed) Attempts to Halt the Kiddie
  • The Lifecycle of the Modern Security Vulnerability
  • Really Stopping the Kiddie!"

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