[LINK] The White House IT -- a joke!

Michael Skeggs mike@bystander.net mskeggs at gmail.com
Fri Jan 23 10:45:22 AEDT 2009

2009/1/23 Stilgherrian <stil at stilgherrian.com>:
> I get where you're coming from, but these days Windows 2000 would be A
> Very Bad Move. Since it's past end-of-life, it contains unpatched
> vulnerabilities -- especially in HTML-handling code in email clients
> and web browsers. Not the sort of security flaw I'd want in MY White
> House.

Since Windows 2000 was a server O/S I understand it receives 5 years
of standard support then 5 years of extended support (until
13/07/2010). I believe this means it continues to get security
patches, and indeed the remaining win2k machine I have access to has
occasional security update notifications.
>From http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifepolicy:
"17. What is the Security Update policy?
Microsoft has not changed its Security Update policy:
Business and Development software
Security updates will be available through the end of the Extended
Support phase (five years of Mainstream Support plus five years of the
Extended Support) at no additional cost for most products. Security
updates will be posted on the Microsoft Update Web site during both
the Mainstream and the Extended Support phase. "

This doesn't preclude unpatched vulnerabilities, of course ;-)
Michael Skeggs

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