Linux security

Alan McKinnon alan at
Sun Apr 30 22:06:49 UTC 2006

On Sunday 30 April 2006 17:24, mhearn wrote:
> Currently I'd say there's nothing protecting Linux against malware
> and viruses. It's easy to write a virus that say exploits one of
> these:

Linux's main advantage in this war is that anyone with enough 
knowledge can read the code and know what the exploit is, and if the 
fix really works. It's a "many eyeballs" thing.

With Windows, we get to take MS's word for it and have to accept the 
margin of uncertainty that's the best Norton et al can do.

Having the source doesn't win the war all by itself but it can tip the 
balance in our favour.

If only you and dead people understand hex, 
how many people understand hex?

Alan McKinnon
alan at linuxholdings dot co dot za
+27 82, double three seven, one nine three five

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