Readers Respond: Sandia's Red Teams: On the Hunt for Security Holes

By eweek  |  Posted 2006-09-25 Print this article Print

Readers respond to the eWEEK article, "Sandia's Red Teams: On the Hunt for Security Holes."

Chris Preimesberger's Sept. 4 story "Sandia's Red Teams: On the Hunt for Security Holes" [or "Plugging Holes"] referred to "systems created in the 1950s and 1960s." I personally know of a Fortune 500 company that has a mission-critical application running on MS-DOS 6.22. That application will never get hacked because the baddies in this world are concentrating their efforts on [Microsoft] Windows XP and Vista and, to an increasing extent, Linux.

Lesson to be learned: Don't be in a great rush to "update" any old DOS programs and applications; or, as my great-great-grandpappy used to say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

David Dunbar


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