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[News] GNU/Linux Security Remains Good Despite FUD From Microsoft Boosters

  • Subject: [News] GNU/Linux Security Remains Good Despite FUD From Microsoft Boosters
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 07:02:55 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Linux is as secure as ever

,----[ Quote ]
| Here's what really happened. UnrealIRCd, a 
| rather obscure open-source IRC (Internet Relay 
| Chat) server, wasn't so much hacked as the 
| program it was letting people download has 
| been replaced by one with a built-in security 
| hole. Or, as they explained on their site, 


Gnu/Linux Infection Is Unreal

,----[ Quote ]
| Windows world is still the same, nothing has 
| changed from security point of view other than 
| more bloated systems. The entire security 
| industry thrive on Windows platform -- if 
| there is no Windows there is no security 
| industry. Security firms hate Gnu/Linux, they 
| love Windows, they want Windows â to survive.
| There is no lesson to be learned from Windows 
| peers, if you know the nature of this flaw, it 
| is quite different from the flaws of poros 
| Windows Machines.
| So what happened here? Some cracker wrote a 
| virus and send it to you through an email and 
| you installed it by clicking on it? No, 
| nothing as dramatic as it happens in Windows 
| world. It was actually so boring you may not 
| even want to read it.


Trojaned App Demonstrates Need for Better Practices, Not More FUD

,----[ Quote ]
| The Unreal team handled it pretty well, in my 
| opinion. They embraced the suck and made a 
| clear announcement free of blame or denial--an 
| announcement that also pointed out how to 
| confirm the trojaned version and how to 
| replace the trojaned version with the clean 
| version. This is not, I should emphasize, the 
| worst exploit ever: "This backdoor allows a 
| person to execute any command with the 
| privileges of the user running the ircd. The 
| backdoor can be executed regardless of any 
| user restrictions (so even if you have 
| passworded server or hub that doesn't allow 
| any users in)." 


Rootkits: Hiding in Windows shadows

,----[ Quote ]
| While rootkit problems still exist in Unix and 
| Linux, they're far more common in Windows. 
| That's in part because the Unix operating 
| family has many built in system monitoring and 
| logging tools. In other words, while Unix and 
| Linux can be attacked this way, it's a lot 
| harder to pull off without leaving tracks.



DoD: Open-source software more secure

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| Daniel Risacher, Associate Director of
| Enterprise Services and Integration at the
| DoD's Office of the Chief Information Officer,
| helped write a memo requiring all DoD agencies
| to evaluate open-source software on an equal
| basis with proprietary software. The reason is
| simple, according to Risacher: Software that
| goes through a process of peer review tends to
| be more reliable and secure than software that
| has not had the same level of scrutiny.

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