The Great Security Debate: Is Patching Useless?

“I’ve been in this game for a long time,” security expert Dave Aitel said, prefacing a counter-intuitive argument that patching vulnerable software is useless. Patching, he said, “makes you feel good, it makes the vendor look good, it satisfies the insurance companies that you’re doing due diligence — but it’s not overly useful.” Aitel was taking the one side of the debate staged at “Hack at the Harbor” a freewheeling online conference held in April.

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