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The Patching Dilemma: Should Microsoft Fix Flaws in Older Tech?

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The Patching Dilemma: Should Microsoft Fix Flaws in Older Tech?When researchers find vulnerabilities that leave older systems exposed, should the software giant create patches or encourage upgrades? Experts weigh in.

When security researchers unearth flaws in Microsoft systems and software, the company is put in a tough situation: does it create fixes and prolong users' reliance on older software in lieu of upgrading? Or does it leave vulnerabilities unpatched and users exposed?

The company's decision to choose the latter was a topic of conversation at Black Hat USA and DEF CON last month. Researchers presented on security holes Microsoft had declined to patch and instead offered users guidance and workarounds to protect their systems from attack.

Microsoft traditionally does not patch flaws in older tech. In June 2017, for example, FortiGuard Labs reported a WINS Server remote memory corruption vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Server. The flaw existed because a remote...(continued)

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