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Discussion in 'Site Help, Feedback, & Announcements' started by dugq, Feb 17, 2005.

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  1. dugq

    dugq Thread Starter

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    I'm sorry if this has been proposed before, but I was thinking it may be a good idea to have a forum specifically for announcements of software updates or new vulnerabilties. At the moment these seem to be posted in lots of different forums, both techie and community. If we had one forum for all these issues it would be easier for regular visitors to check if their are any issues affecting them.

    Its just an idea, feel free to shoot it down. :)
     
  2. smeegle

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    I have no intention of shooting your idea down. You mentioned that many of these update items are posted in different forums. The best way to find them, I think, would be to use the search menu. Some time ago someone mentioned that new people continue to ask the same questions, and I have noticed that the more experienced people allow newer members to participate by answering them. Maybe your idea will catch on, who knows?
     
  3. Big-K

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    I disagree with the idea for one reason, the fact that they are placed in the seperate forums because they are relavant to the topic. I doubt someone is going to go to the updates forum when they're looking for a solution to a problem, but they could notice it easily and possibly not have to post if its in the forum corresponding with their question. If anything, I can only see a sub-forum for security updates in the security forum.
     
  4. dugq

    dugq Thread Starter

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    I think you misunderstand the kind of thing I mean. I'm not really talking about updates which fix a bug which would cause a funtional problem which the user would recognise and want to fix, more like updates which fix vulnerabilites or announcements of new vulnerabilities. For an example take the recent IDN spoofing vulberabilty in non-IE browsers. This isn't the kind of thing people would go searching for, because they don't know its a problem. Likewise with the constant stream of IE updates. If a security flaw is announced and a fix released, but someone can only find the fix after it has become a problem for them, then its already too late. Thats kind of why there needs to be a seperate place for those kind of announcements, so that people will have somewhere to look even if they aren't experiencing a problem. Prevention is better than cure.

    I think most people only go to the Security forum if they have been infected, or if they are teching someone else problems. If we leave vulnerabilty annoucements in there then most people won't see them. The same is true of most of the teching forums, you go there is you have a problem, or if you want to help someone with a problem.

    The IDN spoofing problem was announced well over a week ago, and was mentioned in the Web and Email section, but was well hidden in an existing thread about Opera. It was only recently that it was announced in a seperate Firefox thread, a long time after most tech forums had discussed the problem and found a solution.
     
  5. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Hiya

    I post all Microsoft critical updates, or ones that have been posted on their security website in a thread in Security.

    Also, if its related to say, Office, then I post an extra one in Buisness forum. The same is done for antivirus programs: I now post one in Security, and one in Software.

    I do understand about the Security forum, as most of the time when I log on, I go straight to a forum to do techy stuff, and only pop into Security to post a new update. I bet there are many new users who won't go into Security for the same reason I do, apart for the updates bit.

    The Sub-forum may be an idea, but I may still post software related ones in their relevent forum, as a backup for other users like now.

    Will still keep Linux vulnerabilities in their own forum either way ;)

    Regards

    eddie
     
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