[ubuntu-za] Karma vs Windows 7

Jonathan Carter (highvoltage) jonathan at ubuntu.com
Mon Oct 26 20:22:21 GMT 2009

Jonathan Hitchcock wrote:
> To be fair, those are exploits in code, not viruses or worms.
> Everybody is well aware that all code potentially suffers from bugs
> and exploits.  The danger is when an exploit can be automated and used
> to rapidly deploy itself against more and more servers - that is when
> it becomes a virus or a worm.  It is very hard to do that to Linux,
> and the architecture and defaults on most distributions should keep
> most users safe without much worry.  Being comparatively safe and
> secure from worms, malware and spyware *is* a valid advantage of the
> system.

I see it this way; attacks against Linux-based machines often targets
vulnerabilities that are fixable and then fixed some time (more often
sooner than later) after they have been discovered. On Windows systems,
virusses, malware and spyware tend to target design flaws in the system
that are completely non-trivial to fix.


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