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CodeRed – Somebody finally gets it!

Posted by Keith Elder | Posted in Internet | Posted on 04-08-2001

If you haven’t read or heard about the CodeRed virus that affected Microsoft IIS servers this past week I have no idea what you do with your free time. Word about this virus spreading around is everywhere. The only good thing that is coming out of this is some companies are realizing they cannot afford to rest their company’s information on Microsoft products. Take the following quote taken from an article on Wired. John Stotler, the systems manager at an e-learning company called Quelsys, has some servers running on IIS but he won’t use them for functions that website customers rely on.

“We’re an ASP, so our entire business is our website,” Stotler said. “Trusting a business to IIS is a scary proposition. My company wouldn’t do it, and we were an all-MS shop when I came on here.”

Now, Quelsys uses an Apache server running Linux for its website. Stotler said he hasn’t needed a patch fo two years and hasn’t had any security problems. The servers that he has running Microsoft software are only used to allow employees to check their e-mail from home.


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