The WordPress team just released a critical security update to its venerable software (which runs this site) yesterday, as they had been made aware of a possible exploit. They patched the hole and released the fix. This is a necessary update. The fix does not include anything more.
What about other updates we see often? Is it right that software we’ve become reliant on has begun to include extras, as part of a marketing ploy? Check out Susan Bradley’s article, “Sun, Apple, Microsoft install chaff with patches” in the latest Windows Secrets newsletter for more about what I’m talking about. Her insight prompted m to scratch down this rant.
These slimy “updates” are one of the reasons that I’m glad that I left Microsoft Windows behind, as its the operating system that’s getting the most attention in this manner, so far. I haven’t checked out the latest Sun Java for Linux yet, though. It may be laden with a 30 day trial for something I didn’t really want, as a check box.
I understand that companies are trying to maximize their profits, but I’ve always felt that the “smash and grab” mentality was not profitable in the end, as it damages the reputation, and therefore, any credibility, that a company may have (or have left). How is this sustainable.
This subject brings to mind another thought that I will write about in more detail soon regarding the behavior of certain software and how its affecting the general computer using population. Stay tuned for that.