Linux security

Daniel Carrera daniel.carrera at
Sun Apr 30 13:38:47 UTC 2006

Eric Dunbar wrote:
> I know this isn't going to be a popular statement but...
> In a few years malware/adware/spyware will be a historical footnote,
> only really affecting those who continue to run older Windows
> operating systems.

I disagree because propietary software vendors have all the wrong 
motivations when it comes to security. Security costs time and money, 
and they offer no warranty for their products. Over 90-95% of the flaws 
in Windows don't get exploited (quote from Bruce Schneier) and you can't 
tell ahead of time which 5-10% will. It makes finnancial sense to make a 
crappy product and fix the broken 5% after the fact. Also, creating an 
appearance of security is cheaper than creating actual security. All 
these motivations mean that malware will be around for a long time.

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