Date: 4 May 2004 14:57:56 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <>
Subject: Re: OT- Heads Up - Sasser plug

On Tue, 04 May 2004 11:30:59 -0300, Dexter J <> wrote: > Salutations: > > On 4 May 2004 12:01:03 GMT, Dave Hinz <> wrote: > >> Darn...we never get _any_ of this fun. I'll wander over by the Widoze >> guys later today & see how they're doing. > That said - I think even you will agree that if Linux were treated to the > same lack of maintenance and popularly installed with same a lack of > understanding as to the implications of operating a NIC - it would be > equally hazardous and perhaps even more so given the substantially greater > network power built into Linux/Unix operating systems. Well, some of it is market share, and some of it is OS architecture. Windows is designed so the user (any user) can overwrite the system files, which is why it's easy to target. The default settings of "take me big boy" which are presented to the public internet are another problem. Linux/Unix/Mac usually has things defaulting to a safe option (off) unless someone intentionally turns them on. One would _hope_ that if an admin turns these things on, they've got at least an idea of the implications of it, but who knows. When the first step a virus has to do is to ask for the user to type in the root password so it can break important things, well, that limits it's propegation a bit. > I haven't been able cost justify a Mac infrastructure personally - I have > a NG SAAB to maintain - but I must say that it's current operating system > is pretty interesting. It's Unix. FreeBSD, specifically, with a nice GUI on top of it. I use it to prototype stuff for work fairly frequently, even though the systems there are mostly Solaris or Linux - same compilers, same tools, same procedures for nearly everything. I never considered Mac before it went to a Unix core, but they did that right about the time my 'doze98 box was being _particularly_ annoying, and my kid was just starting to get interested in computers, so we abandoned windows in favor of something that didn't involve frequent 3-finger salutes and scandisk sessions. > Anyway - thought I'd better kick it out there in case any of the droids > are interested. Good writeup. Regardless of the OS, keeping things up to date prevents most if not all problems of this nature. Dave Hinz

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