Gates on Users and Security

By Deane Barker on November 3, 2003

Bill Gates says users to blame for security problems: True or not, he’s not going to make any friends with interviews like this.

“The chief software architect (CSA.’.) told IT Business that perfect code wasn’t the answer to security problems, but firewalls and keeping the software up to date were more important.

The problems that have occurred this year wouldn’t have happened if firms and individuals had set up their software probably. He also claims in the article that Microsoft has always had security patches out before the exploits happened.”

This is true in the sense that, yes, people need to make sure their systems are patched. But it begs the question, why does the damn thing need so many patches? There’s a reason systems are unpatched — it’s hard to keep up.