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Forum Thread: Old Version vs Insecure

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PMH232 Old Version vs Insecure
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I didn't feel confident, after running your scan, that you differentiate between having an older version of a product and that older version's actually being known to be insecure.

taffy078 RE: Old Version vs Insecure
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Last edited on 17th Oct, 2010 22:31
on 17th Oct, 2010 21:54, PMH232 wrote:
I didn't feel confident, after running your scan, that you differentiate between having an older version of a product and that older version's actually being known to be insecure.


Hi. I'm not sure what you mean, to be honest. Secunia will only tell you of a problem if software is insecure or end of life. Patched = OK!! :0)

If a newer version is better/faster/prettier i.e. the change is cosmetic it won't show in your scan as a problem.

Can you give us more info? What PC/operating system have you got? What is the software that has been 'highlighted' in a scan? Secure? End of LIfe? Patched?

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PMH232 RE: Old Version vs Insecure
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Thanks.

Yes, I /was/ wondering whether you really have info re which older versions are actually known to be (*how*) insecure.

I hear you saying you do.

I don't know what end-of-life has to do with this, though.

I have Windows Vista Home Premium.

The scan complained about WinZip..
..and something else, re which I'll check...
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TiMow RE: Old Version vs Insecure
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Firstly, I get the impression from your posts, that you believe to be dealing directly with Secunia - this is an open forum - only if the coloured "badge" (under username, l.h.s. of post) is red and written within: "Secunia Official" are you truly getting a reply from Secunia.

Secondly all Secunia Advisories can be viewed by clicking on Advisories (under red "Community" - upper l.h.s. of forum page) or from Community drop down at top. From here you can search for any specific programs.

The majority (but not all) of program updates are necessitated because a vulnerability (security hole) has been discovered by either/both, the "good" guys and/or the "bad" guys, and the program vendor has to issue a patch to fix this hole.

Wherever it is possible, you should try to have the latest version of all of your installed software, therefore limiting "a back door" entry (through insecure programs) to the bad guys (hackers), into your PC files.

Programs are marked as End-of-Life, when the vendor has ceased offering support (updates) for said program, and can carry the same risks as those programs marked as Insecure.

Sometimes the same program vendor offers a similar alternative and sometimes another alternative from a different vendor must be sought.

The Secunia Advisories can help you determine the risks involved, in continuing to use any insecure or end-of-life programs, if you so choose.

TiMow

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