21 Sep 2004 mjcox   » (Master)

20 minutes to comply

Back in the UK, and last night in the Red Hat earnings call Matthew Szulik mentioned some statistics on the survivability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3. In August 2004, SANS Internet Storm Center published statistics on the survival time of Windows by looking at the average time between probes/worms that could affect an unpatched system. The findings showed that it would take only 20 minutes on average for a machine to be compromised remotely, less than the time it would take to download all the updates to protect against those flaws. We tried to do the same comparison with RHEL3 but found you can't because there were no worms or exploits that a full install with default configuration could have taken advantage of without user interaction.

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