[Ubuntu-US-CA] Ubuntu Tri-Fold Source Files

Nathan Haines nhaines at ubuntu.com
Sun Mar 28 20:58:52 UTC 2010

On 03/28/2010 01:20 PM, Aaditya Bhatia wrote:
> We don't execute every file on sight, so we're virus-proof by design,
> at least in this sense. Might sound a little complicated for a newbie,
> but doesn't this point deserve a mention?
It deserves a mention but only in an accurate way.  Most "viruses" are 
either worms or trojans that exploit software vulnerabilities to gain 
priviledge escalation or execute a payload and this is never caused by 
"executing a file", it's caused by exploiting buffer overruns and other 
developer oversights.

Windows and Mac OS also don't "execute every file on sight" anymore, so 
"in this sense" doesn't provide any contrast to the other systems 
(besides being beside the point, since that's not how viruses spread 

Nathan Haines
Ubuntu California Local Community Team

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