Friday, March 30, 2007

This vulnerability takes the cake.

I personally think that this takes the cake. Something is obviously very wrong with the operating system design when a minor and silly little userland operation has the ability to cause damage on a system and execute malicious code.

Microsoft is currently warning users to stay away from animated cursors. I can't even begin to describe how funny this is. The whole idea of animated mouse cursors is silly. You don't need an animated cursor to let you know what's happening on your system. But it's a minor little cosmetic feature that other people may find cute. So, that's fine with me.

What this vulnerability actually shows is how broken the whole Windows OS is. This vulnerability is supposed to affect users of Windows 200, XP and Vista [this means their current whole product line]. I don't understand the reason why a minor and silly little bit of userland code is even allowed access to the kernel. None of this is actually news to me, since it's been proven time and again that the whole OS is broken.

I'm not trying to bash Microsoft. I don't even have to *try*. They bash themselves all the time with their 'toy operating system' that's just as easily broken as the ones made of cheap plastic. But this newest vulnerability just takes the cake. Beware the attack of the animated cursor. Muahahahaha.

The current recommendation from Microsoft is for users to use altenative applications such as Firefox and Opera on their older operating systems, or to use IE7 on the latest Vista. In other words, they're relying on third party software as their own ones are buggy. This always reminds me of what someone once said about Microsoft being filled with 'day coders', people who code for a job.

So, if there's any single technology advice that I can give to you, it's to stay clear of any Microsoft software. Stay away from it and you'll find a new definition for the words: security, stability and peace of mind. Use a Mac, use Solaris, use BSD or use Linux. Just don't bet your farm on proven broken technology.

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