What are you talking about?
Posted Oct 31, 2011 16:39 UTC (Mon) by khim
In reply to: Who will pay for it?
Parent article: The embedded long-term support initiative
Relying on updates to fix security holes does not work!
On the contrary: it works very well indeed. The companies who use this approach survive and thrive. The companies who lost the wind and tried to fix all the bugs before shipment are history.
You mention mobile phones, Blu-ray players and so on.
Those are all parts of the software industry.
Not even close. First mobile network started operating back in 1979, it was analogue and had nothing to do with software. First LD player was on sale year before that - and Bly-ray is it's direct descendant (from end-user POV). And first TVs were created even earlier: it was introduced back in 1928 and most definitely had nothing to do with software.
Only in the software industry do we try to get away with such practices.
Again: not true at all. Lots of industries use this approach too: mobile phones, credit cards, etc. Initially they had pathetic security but since they were convenient they were used anyway. Later, when frauds become a problem additional layers of security were added. The same happened with printed banknotes few centuries before. You can go back few thousands years (when first stamps and other similar tools were invented) - and see the very same picture. Again: special inks, papers and procedure and so on followed, not preceded.
In fact where information is exchanged "rely on updates to fix security holes" is typical approach, not an exception. The only thing software introduced is "fast" updates. When you introduce new, more protected, banknote you must to this in slow, very spread-out manner. But when new software is created to patch vulnerability... you can push it in hurry.
So no, I don't believe in "fix all the bugs before shipment" approach. It failed us for thousands of years - why do you think it can be fixed now?
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