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The crackers would just move their efforts to Linux. | 336 comments | Create New Account
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Exploits are easier to fix if you have the source...
Authored by: jesse on Friday, March 22 2013 @ 11:11 AM EDT
Is also true.

Not to mention the fame you receive for identifying the vulnerability and
providing the patch.

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The crackers would just move their efforts to Linux.
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, March 22 2013 @ 11:31 AM EDT
"Exploits are easier to find if you have the source!"

True, which means that they're almost all patched up by now.

Also, Linux/BSD machines are generally the high-value targets for people: They
have the massive processing power, they have the biggest internet pipes, and
they run the biggest databases of people.

Also, Linux folks tend to _*respond*_ to security vunerabilities. And the
turnaround time is what? a week or two? Compared to MSWindows, which still has
zero-day vunerabilities in it.


All in all, there's a reason that LAMP is the default web server. It's more
secure, and more stable. (And I'm pretty sure there's some causation in there,
rather than just correllation)

[ Reply to This | Parent | # ]

Not with Windows
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, March 22 2013 @ 11:59 AM EDT

You state:

'Operator error' is the prime cause of security issues.
When it comes to most non-windows os' I'd agree.

But windows was originally built from the ground up to be single user, no security required.

All the security applied have been patch-on bandaids that don't fix the underlying security issues of the OS.

How many times have we read about the IE exploits that allow an external party to take admin access of the windows machine - specifically those ones where Microsoft admits they affect all versions of IE... not just a particular IE on a particular version of the OS.

Please point to a single instance of a browser security error on Unix/Linux that would allow an external party to take root access of the machine.

Just one please.

RAS

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