[LINK] Stay Smart Online Alert Service

Rick Welykochy rick at praxis.com.au
Tue Mar 22 17:32:49 AEDT 2011

Kim Holburn wrote:

>> which if not fixed could result in your computer being attacked by criminals.

The above wording appears on every alert I have seen from that rather
insipid service. It cries wolf with the same lame tune in each alert.
Their message gets old and boring really fast.

> you computer is most likely constantly being attacked by criminals.  What fixing these bug_s_ does is it stops the attack being successful.

Quite true.

I don't know how effective or useful the "Stay Smart Online Alert Service"
is for the uninitiated, but I find [SECURITY] [DSA] much more useful,

"Stephane Chazelas discovered that the cronjob of the PHP 5 package in
Debian suffers from a race condition which might be used to remove
arbitrary files from a system"

The alerts from DSA explain exactly what could happen if you do not
upgrade to fix the problem. And often the Debian alerts apply equally
to other systems. They are a very informative and useful source of


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