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  • #11
    Originally posted by crazycheese View Post
    Yeah, BS from 2003. Can Microsoft:
    - disable module/driver loading completely
    - strip every single unneeded exe/dll/bin from system
    - completely disable direct access to memory
    - disable execution on selected paritions/folders
    - provide sources for immediate inplace security response

    The only still possible way to hijack linux is using zeroday exploits and even that taken youll have to somehow upload your tools there and somehow assemble them.

    they don't have to hack the kernel. the point is, everything is vulnerable if its on a network period.

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    • #12
      Originally posted by RealNC View Post
      Happened a few days ago. The London Stock Exchange seems to have been hacked when it switched to Linux:

      http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/...-linux-switch/

      Now is this good publicity or not Also noteworthy is the absence of coverage on LWN.net and the like
      If you read the end of the "article", you learn that the current system is a Microsoft .Net architecture. So, all of this is probably just FUD...

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      • #13
        Originally posted by Thatguy View Post
        they don't have to hack the kernel.
        I was refering to rootkits, the rest of ponging software is to be supervised anyway.

        Originally posted by Thatguy View Post
        the point is, everything is vulnerable if its on a network period.
        Yep, Linux needs an AV asap.

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        • #14
          Originally posted by gbeauche View Post
          If you read the end of the "article", you learn that the current system is a Microsoft .Net architecture. So, all of this is probably just FUD...
          Nay it was. Big, insecure, unstable and slow. Slow for stock market is very bad.

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          • #15
            Originally posted by Thatguy View Post
            Linux isn't as secure as many would like to pretend it is, once there is some serious money to be made by hacking a linux system, it will be hacked.
            Also Linux is a thousand times more secure than Windows... just saying. A lot has to do with the paradigm, the way it operates. Windows need for backwards compatibility in everything is probably it's biggest weakness and the source of easy attack.

            So, while we can say "Linux isn't as secure..."... the truth is, that a properly designed Linux based system is MUCH more secure than Windows.

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            • #16
              Originally posted by cjcox View Post
              Also Linux is a thousand times more secure than Windows... just saying. A lot has to do with the paradigm, the way it operates. Windows need for backwards compatibility in everything is probably it's biggest weakness and the source of easy attack.

              So, while we can say "Linux isn't as secure..."... the truth is, that a properly designed Linux based system is MUCH more secure than Windows.
              Thank you so much! So I'm not the only one who knows that backwards compatibility tends to be causing much more harm than good.

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              • #17
                Originally posted by cjcox View Post
                Also Linux is a thousand times more secure than Windows... just saying. A lot has to do with the paradigm, the way it operates. Windows need for backwards compatibility in everything is probably it's biggest weakness and the source of easy attack.

                So, while we can say "Linux isn't as secure..."... the truth is, that a properly designed Linux based system is MUCH more secure than Windows.
                thats all very debateable. Is inwdows more inherently insecure ?? Well maybe, it certainly has a much richer api for networking and data sharing then alot of linux distros and tool kits offer in a great many ways.

                the vulnerabilitys come from the fact that windows by its nature is more open in regards to how it makes itself available on the network its on.

                Windows and Linux can both be secured, to a point. as soon as data sharing gets involved all bets are off.

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                • #18
                  Originally posted by »John« View Post
                  Thank you so much! So I'm not the only one who knows that backwards compatibility tends to be causing much more harm than good.
                  thats not why windows is insecure and its not why linux is more secure.

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                  • #19
                    Originally posted by Thatguy View Post
                    thats all very debateable. Is inwdows more inherently insecure ?? Well maybe, it certainly has a much richer api for networking and data sharing then alot of linux distros and tool kits offer in a great many ways.

                    the vulnerabilitys come from the fact that windows by its nature is more open in regards to how it makes itself available on the network its on.

                    Windows and Linux can both be secured, to a point. as soon as data sharing gets involved all bets are off.
                    You are comparing 1% beer with 98% absynth and claim they both have some water. True.

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                    • #20
                      Originally posted by Thatguy View Post
                      thats not why windows is insecure and its not why linux is more secure.
                      It is. Not main reason but at least second most important.

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