[Dclug] Last Steps in DSL - Verizon installation
przemek at jazz.ncnr.nist.gov
Fri Jan 11 14:11:29 EST 2008
Not trying to argue for or against the statement below, but I am
curious about a particular aspect when comparing different OS
There is weakness of an OS itself, and there is weakness of an
application that runs under that OS. I'm interested in a focus
on the OS itself when comparing one weakness to another.
Good point---MS exploits that relentlessly, arguing that Windows has
fewer vulnerabilities, but they compare Windows as delivered, i.e.
OS, notepad, wordpad, and Solitaire, to a Linux installation with
Apache, PHP, Emacs, (2000 other packages omitted).
They aren't totally off base, because if someone uses some oddball
network service only present on Linux to break in, we still have a
By the way, I don't think there are many OS (i.e. kernel) weaknesses
any more---it's all in the apps.
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