More than half of Windows machines are INFECTED with malware

Christopher Chan 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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