More than half of Windows machines are INFECTED with malware
christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk
Wed Oct 7 00:33:04 BST 2009
Samuel Thurston, III wrote:
> Oh boy, this discussion is taking an interesting turn.
> On Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 1:50 AM, Edward Craig <epcraig at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 11:18 PM, Christopher Chan
>>> I am sorry but that does not make any sense. You do realize that Google
>>> is coming out with something that uses GPL software right? Their new
>>> ChromeOS will be using a Linux kernel and I assume a fair bit of GNU
>>> software too unless they intend to rewrite/create a good portion of what
>>> goes into their operating system.
> FACT: Google contributes significantly more to the Linux Kernel itself
> than Ubuntu/Canonical does.
Does Canonical have any kernel developers on its payroll?
>> The GPL ensures that there can be nothing we can't find in the OS.
>> Whether we find it in time requires better concealment than I expect
>> malware authors can commit to. Google might include easter eggs but I
>> doubt any malware can take advantage.
> Chrome browser is GPL'ed and yes, many of Google's "easter eggs" have
> already been exposed. However the project that has stripped them out
> ( http://www.srware.net/en/software_srware_iron.php ) is not nearly so
> well known as Chrome browser is.
> Malware can take advantage of known vulnerabilities in Firefox and
> other OSS/GPL browsers, so I doubt your doubt.
Thanks for pointing that out. Just because it is open to all to see does
not mean it is actually being checked.
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