Ancient Linux servers: The blighted slum houses of the Internet

by Larry Emmott on March 24, 2014

in Security

From ARS Technica:

“This large-scale compromise of an aging operating system highlights the risks posed by leaving such systems in operation,” Martin Lee, a threat intelligence technical lead in Cisco’s Security Intelligence Operations group, wrote. “Systems that are unmaintained or unsupported are no longer patched with security updates. When attackers discover a vulnerability in the system, they can exploit it at their whim without fear of it being remedied.”

via Ancient Linux servers: The blighted slum houses of the Internet | Ars Technica.

The security problems discussed in the linked article are similar to the issues dentists face with Windows XP. Unmaintained or unsupported operating systems are a security risk.

The risk posed by an XP machine hidden behind an up to date server and firewall is minimal but there is a risk. In dentistry we have the added issue of HIPAA. It is a security breach if dentists fail to identify and fix a known security flaw.

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