Beating Microsoft to the punch: Ilfak Guilfanov Interview


Ilfak Guilfanov is far from a household name.
But that may soon change as the Russian software developer’s unauthorized Microsoft security patch is increasingly installed onto computers worldwide.

My favorite part:
Did you have contact with Microsoft prior to publishing the unofficial patch?
Guilfanov: No.

Did you install the unofficial patch? My take is that it is probably the same amount of risk as installing a Microsoft patch so why not be protected in the mean time.

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Paul Asadoorian

Paul Asadoorian is currently the Principal Security Evangelist for Eclypsium, focused on firmware and supply chain security awareness. Paul’s passion for firmware security extends back many years to the WRT54G hacking days and reverse engineering firmware on IoT devices for fun. Paul and his long-time podcast co-host Larry Pesce co-authored the book “WRTG54G Ultimate Hacking” in 2007, which fueled the firmware hacking fire even more. Paul has worked in technology and information security for over 20 years, holding various security and engineering roles in a lottery company, university, ISP, independent penetration tester, and security product companies such as Tenable. In 2005 Paul founded Security Weekly, a weekly podcast dedicated to hacking and information security. In 2020 Security Weekly was acquired by the Cyberrisk Alliance. Paul is still the host of one of the longest-running security podcasts, Paul’s Security Weekly, he enjoys coding in Python & telling everyone he uses Linux.

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