[VoiceOps] Broadworks Patch Religion

David Hiers hiersd at gmail.com
Mon Feb 8 11:28:53 EST 2010

I'm just not willing to assume that everyone tells me everything about
everything all the time in a perfectly instantaneously, error-free

Even if they tried, they couldn't pull it off.


On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 8:17 AM, Dan White <dwhite at olp.net> wrote:
> On 08/02/10 08:02 -0800, David Hiers wrote:
>> We can reason all we want to about this, but there is one large area
>> of unknowns...
>> Patch release notes are imperfect, and embarrassing secrets can exist
>> inside companies and code; one whisper from a trusted Broadsoft
>> employee is enough to nudge me down the  "patch everything" (aka "open
>> your mouth and close your eyes") maintenance path.
> By reading between the lines I can only assume that there are serious bugs
> and security vulnerabilities that are not documented, and quietly fixed in
> patches.
> That's a nasty way to hold patches over your head. There are reasons why
> a software producer should *always* document fixed vulnerabilities. It
> should be part of the normal release cycle.
> I shudder at the thought of depending on a software producer that is OK
> with embarrassing secrets existing inside their code.
> --
> Dan White

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