Last Updated: 2014-06-10 23:29:31 UTC
by Daniel Wesemann (Version: 1)
Today, I was researching a rather complex subject, and it brought me to dozens of web sites to catch up on the latest techie clue. And what felt like half of the web pages popped up that obnoxious
insert that seems to be all too common these days. Who on earth is clicking "yes" on these?? Or, put differently, how irrelevant must the results of such "surveys" be if the respondents probably all are bored loafers who have unlimited time on their hands, and don't mind to be distracted from their work by an (end|use|point)less survey that intrudes into the thought process, clamoring for attention?
It's what statisticians call "sampling bias". Something like going to a pub to determine if people like alcoholic beverages. Surprise surprise, many of them do :). I suspect the results of such web site "surveys" are similar: WOW!! 96% of the respondents say our web page is cool!!1)
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Last Updated: 2014-06-10 18:08:54 UTC
by Alex Stanford (Version: 1)
Overview of the Jun 2014 Microsoft patches and their status.
We appreciate updates
US based customers can call Microsoft for free patch related support on 1-866-PCSAFETY
- We use 4 levels:
- PATCH NOW: Typically used where we see immediate danger of exploitation. Typical environments will want to deploy these patches ASAP. Workarounds are typically not accepted by users or are not possible. This rating is often used when typical deployments make it vulnerable and exploits are being used or easy to obtain or make.
- Critical: Anything that needs little to become "interesting" for the dark side. Best approach is to test and deploy ASAP. Workarounds can give more time to test.
- Important: Things where more testing and other measures can help.
- Less Urt practices for servers such as not using outlook, MSIE, word etc. to do traditional office or leisure work.
- The rating is not a risk analysis as such. It is a rating of importance of the vulnerability and the perceived or even predicted threatatches.
Alex Stanford - GIAC GWEB & GSEC,
Research Operations Manager,
SANS Internet Storm Center