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From: email@example.com (Craig Finseth)
Date: Wed 10:16:42 09/11/1988 EST
Subject: Disassembled virus?
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> From: Theodore Ts'o <tytso@ATHENA.MIT.EDU> > Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Date: Tue, 8 Nov 88 15:38:01 PST > From: Peter E. Yee <yee@AMES.ARC.NASA.GOV> > I would prefer to see it distributed, but not until we know that most sites > have applied suitable patches and will not vulnerable to a mutation of this worm. > That will never happen. Unless you want to be confident enough to say > that there will never be another security hole discovered in UN*X's > network services? Both of you are assuming that *current* systems have been patched. Given that there are, by some estimates, in excesss of 100,000 machines attached to the Internet, it would not surprise me if less than 5% of them have been fixed. Granted, these 5% are the current set of critical "node" machines in the net, but given the rate at which the net is growing (>2 connected networks per day), connectivity will keep increasing and in a few months we may well essentially be right back to where we started from. Just to worry you more, we are a large Sun site and we haven't received word that Sun is coming out with a 4.0a release that has this bug fixed... (Although I assume they will by 4.1.) Craig A. Finseth email@example.com [CAF13] Minnesota Supercomputer Center, Inc. (612) 624-3375
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