Don’t patch it, it’s fine?

I wrote back in 2013 about my shock at discovering that the companies are now publicly calling to stop the investment in security and avoid fixing security bugs in my article Brainwashing in security. There, we witnessed the head of Adobe security, Brad Arkin, tell us that the companies should not be wasting their precious resources on “fixing every little bug”, agreeing to the comment made by another participant, John Viega from SilverSky, that:

“For most companies it’s going to be far cheaper and serve their customers a lot better if they don’t do anything [about security bugs] until something happens.”

All right, fast forward three years and Adobe becomes a showcase. Here is what Google senior security engineer Darren Bilby, speaking at the Kiwicon, has to tell us about the security of the contemporary software:

“We are giving people systems that are not safe for the internet and we are blaming the user,” Bilby says.

He illustrated his point by referring to the 314 remote code execution holes disclosed in Adobe Flash last year alone, saying the strategy to patch those holes is like a car yard which sells vehicles that catch on fire every other week.

The security strategy at Adobe is clearly paying its dividends. Way to go, Adobe, way to go…

 

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