[NTSEC] Hotfixes (fwd)

Ray Arachelian sunder at brainlink.com
Wed Aug 13 14:24:56 PDT 1997

Wheee, check this out... there's thing called a Download Wizard that
"offers suggested updates" for software on your hard drive... Now buys and
girls, can we guess what else it will do? i.e. give to Microsoft a list
of? Hrrmmm?

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 01:00:48 -0400
From: "Donald M. Barnard Jr." <barnardm at tiac.net>
To: "ntsecurity at iss.net" <ntsecurity at iss.net>
Subject: RE: [NTSEC] Hotfixes 

Meanwhile MS gets a nice database of installed software?<G>


-----Original Message-----
From:	Paul Leach [SMTP:paulle at microsoft.com]
Sent:	Tuesday, August 12, 1997 12:56 PM
To:	'Russ'
Cc:	ntsecurity at iss.net
Subject:	RE: [NTSEC] Hotfixes 

As it says on the page you refer to:

The Download Wizard will now check your computer for exisiting Microsoft
software files and make suggestions for file updates that may be
appropriate for your computer's configuration. The Download Wizard will
NOT automatically change, add, or delete any files on your computer. You
will be given the choice to download and install each of these files
yourself. Important: Before downloading any files, be sure to check with
your system administrator. 

I.e., we make it easy to find out if there are updates that _may_ apply
to you (and screen out lots that for sure _don't_) -- you still have to
decide if you want them.

The backend for this is pretty heavyweight and labor intensive -- it's
not ready to be a product.

ZAW is the product that is supposed to support automation of admin of
workstation and servers in a corporate environment.

> ----------
> From: 	Russ[SMTP:Russ.Cooper at rc.on.ca]
> Sent: 	Tuesday, August 12, 1997 4:15 AM
> To: 	Paul Leach
> Cc: 	ntsecurity at iss.net
> Subject: 	RE: [NTSEC] Hotfixes 
> Paul,
> Can you then comment on the Download Wizard available from
> http://www.microsoft.com/kb/softlib/default.asp which supposedly
> detects
> which files/patches etc... you need and automates the installation of
> these? I haven't tried it with a machine that was "Ok" in its eyes, so
> I
> haven't seen what it actually does, but the concept is quite cool for
> Intranet server management. Would seem to be parts of SMS for
> Intranets,
> which despite having risks that would have to be managed, could
> seriously improve the remote configuration management of machines.
> Can you get someone to comment for us as to precisely what it does and
> how it does it? Is the underlying dB available with some instructions
> on
> how we might modify it for our own use?
> I'm asking on behalf of the list because I think this would seem to be
> the answer to this thread's questions.
> Cheers,
> Russ
> R.C. Consulting, Inc. - NT/Internet Security
> owner of the NTBugTraq mailing list: http://www.ntbugtraq.com

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