Subject: [IP] more on Steve Gibson: MS WMF is a Backdoor, Not a Coding Mistake
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From: Bob Frankston <Bob2email@example.com>
Date: January 13, 2006 4:21:41 PM EST
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Subject: RE: [IP] Steve Gibson: MS WMF is a Backdoor, Not a Coding Mistake
As one of the Groklaw commenters reminds us, Gibson also wanted to take out the raw sockets calls in Windows because he thinks that they are a security hole when removing them only creates the illusion of security.
Just reading his analysis, the WMF is a classic operating system bug – a callback from a protected context. Given that the code has been around for a long time and seemed to work I can understand overlooking it. Calling it a conspiracy is very strange. It’s not completely different from the more subtle bug in expanding JPG files. As to asking Microsoft to patch all old versions of Windows they did -- the patch is called XP.
I do appreciate his explanation even if I don’t agree with his conspiracy theory.
Ideally there would be no bit rot in the world but the solution is simplicity rather than a combinatorial explosion of systems mixed with patches.
Let’s not confuse naïve hindsight analysis with understanding – it makes it more difficult to address the issues.
It’s also important to realize that the processor is not the only execution engine – all applications are execution engines that apply polices. Befuddling them is a standard attack vector – especially when the execution engine is a clerk interpreting a baroque policy (such as cellular plans).
As noted in Schneier’s comments on identity – we can’t fix human factors attacks with a simple technical patch as Gibson seemed to want to do with raw sockets.
-----Original Message----- From: David Farber [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 15:47 To: email@example.com Subject: [IP] Steve Gibson: MS WMF is a Backdoor, Not a Coding Mistake
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From: Matt Manor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: January 13, 2006 12:54:39 PM EST
To: David Farber <email@example.com>
Subject: Steve Gibson: MS WMF is a Backdoor, Not a Coding Mistake
Steve Gibson: MS WMF is a Backdoor, Not a Coding Mistake
Those of you using Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP will want to follow
this story: Steve Gibson has examined WMF and he now believes it
was deliberately coded. It looks to him that Microsoft put a
backdoor into Windows, which can be triggered even if Active X is
turned off and security is at high.
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