[EXT] Re: [texcollection] TeX Collection upload from April 6

Philip Taylor P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Thu Apr 9 00:00:18 CEST 2020

Manfred Lotz wrote:

I understand why you prefer W7. I also don't like these 'tiles/panes'
things for everything.

Just received this very timely update from Malwarebytes :

Windows 7 user base

Currently over 23 percent of Windows users worldwide<https://gs.statcounter.com/os-version-market-share/windows/desktop/worldwide> are still on Windows 7, and only 69 percent have already switched to Windows 10. The rest are using the less popular Windows 8 or versions of Windows that have gone EOL long before Windows 7.

Oddly enough, the percentage of Windows 7 users has hardly decreased after reaching the EOL date in January (from roughly 24 percent to 23 percent). With this huge amount of potentially unpatched systems still active in the market, any exploitable vulnerability will result in a widespread disaster.

Would WannaCry have had such an enormous impact if Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 had been abandoned before it spread? We will never know. What we do know that Windows 8 and 10 did not need to be patched for the vulnerability that was used to spread WannaCry<https://blog.malwarebytes.com/cybercrime/2017/05/how-did-wannacry-ransomworm-spread/>. They were not contributing to the choir of systems trying to infect their neighbors. Emergency patches were released for several older Windows versions, including Windows 7. At the time, Windows 7 was still supported.

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