Question Regarding Ubuntu Linux Security vis-a-vis other O.S.s
nathan.bahn at gmail.com
Sun Aug 30 04:04:11 BST 2009
Thank you for your explanation, sir; they helped relieve my mind (I
installed -- and thus support -- Ubuntu Linux on a number of machines and I
was haunted by the thought that these people were surfing the web at great
On Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 5:00 PM, Craig Younkins <cyounkins at gmail.com> wrote:
> > "The very first computer worm affected Unix exclusively, and Linux
> > are particularly easy to penetrate -- MUCH easier than Vista boxes --
> > you know how to do it - especially since its all open source code which
> > makes it easier to hack!"
> Short answer: No, you don't have much to worry about.
> What type of attack?
> - Network based attack: Ubuntu ships with no open ports, unlike Windows.
> do you attack a machine without any open ports?
> - Browser based attack: First, there must be an exploit in the browser, so
> it depends on the browser. Firefox is a lot more secure than IE. After
> exploitation of the browser, the attacker has privileges of the running
> user, bringing me to...
> - Any attack: To do something serious on a *nix machine, you need root
> access. To sudo, this requires the user's password. On XP, the default user
> is administrator, who can do serious damage to the system.
> As for the "open source" comment - this guy seems to think that you can
> anything where the source code is known. Of course, this is completely
> false. The most secure systems are open so that many people can *try* and
> break it. Researchers analyze open security systems to find bugs and
> possible, even theoretical exploits. There are many many bugs in
> closed-source software.
> Consider this - In closed-source software, there is very little
> incentive/motivation to close security holes. Who's gonna know?
> Craig Younkins
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> On Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 4:26 PM, Nathan Bahn <nathan.bahn at gmail.com>
> > Attention all--
> > In this forum<
> > >a
> > user states that, "Linux machines are particularly easy to
> > penetrate...."
> > How concerned should I be about Linux malware?
> > --N.B.
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