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- See "Issue"
- Security condition present in nearly all Microsoft products caused by the
improper or nonexistent limiting of input query buffers.
- Often said by security staff conducting network penetration scans when observing
the presence of open TCP ports 135, 137, or 139, indicating a Windows system is
- As Microsoft Security Bulletins read, a reported vulnerability or exploit to a
Microsoft product may be a security problem ONLY when exploited by a cracker. Implies
that a security problem is not a major concern until the exploit occurs. Example:
" Authentication Error in SMTP Service Could Allow Mail Relaying"
In reality, the problem exists, but in Microsoft's expert judgement, the problem is not
a 'problem' until exploited and makes the news. A real world example would be proclaiming
that "guns kill people" (a truth, but only if if the gun is handled by a person who either
loads it and pulls the trigger or uses it to club someone. By itself, the device is
- A feel-good euphemism used by Microsoft referring to a security problem. (e.g.,
"Microsoft has discovered an issue with......")
- Microsoft's implied denial that a problem exists, calling it an "issue" instead of a
"problem", "bug", "vulnerability" or "exploit." (In the real world, how many
relationships have been broken off due to "issues" versus "problems" with the significant
- feel-good euphemism used by Microsoft referring to a previously-reported problem.
- Term used by Microsoft to describe a security problem caused by submitting false or
modified information to an application, such as a typographic error may direct a user to a
different website than what was intended.
Microsoft Security Bulletin
- Release of documentation for a previously-undocumented feature in the named Microsoft Product.
Secure Microsoft Product
- Any unopened, uninstalled Microsoft product, preferably still inside its
- A PC running Microsoft operating systems or software that is not connected to a
network or has removable media (e.g., disk drives) installed...that's how Windows NT
received its C2 endorsement from the NSA in the mid-1990s!
- Something Microsoft products lack, evidenced by the frequency of reports of major
products with vulnerable services enabled by default, or by releasing easily-exploited
- A concept that is a mutually-exclusive to anything Microsoft.
Security Response Process
- Method Microsoft uses to react to reported security problems with its products.
Runs contrary to industry-accepted standards of proactively preventing problems through
secure software design and intense program quality assurance and abuse testing prior to
- A reported weakness that facilitates the compromise of a software product or
- General security community term for any computer running Windows,
networked or not.
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