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Re: [hackers-il] Free Software Day 2004

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  • Ori Idan
    I did not write this as a real history, this is just an opinion and points for thinking. The idea for the great computer failure came from Eric Raymond, I
    Message 1 of 6 , Aug 22, 2004
      I did not write this as a real history, this is just an opinion and
      points for thinking.
      The idea for the great computer failure came from Eric Raymond, I don't
      remember the name
      of his assay.

      --
      Ori Idan

      Nadav Har'El wrote:

      >On Sun, Aug 22, 2004, Shlomi Fish wrote about "Re: [hackers-il] Free Software Day 2004":
      >
      >
      >>Nice story, but I don't think I agree with its theme much. The reason there
      >>are many security exploits in Microsoft's software and that there were many
      >>worms and virii is because security was once not a high priority for
      >>Microsoft (because their software run only on a non-interconnected computer
      >>or organization LANs), and when it tried to go on the Internet bandwagon, it
      >>did not have good coding practices required for secure networked programming.
      >>
      >>
      >
      >I think I agree more with Ori: Microsoft's software is indeed less secure
      >than, say, Redhat Linux, but this is NOT the reason why there are so many
      >Windows viruses, and why they are so dangerous. In fact, there are Linux
      >exploits for which viruses could have been written, and if Linux was more
      >popular and user-friendly, "social engineering" attacks (like getting you
      >to run a program) will also become more successful.
      >
      >But the point is that if a single operating system "rules the world", be it
      >Windows or Linux or MacOS, the situation is inherently dangerous because one
      >virus could harm most of the computers in the world. This problem is
      >increasingly touted, and labled "monoculture" (it can be compared to the
      >same problem in crops, which causes disasters like the Irish potato famine).
      >
      >Perhaps the most well known document against Microsoft's monoculture is
      >http://www.ccianet.org/papers/cyberinsecurity.pdf. It was written by a
      >group of computer security experts, including Bruce Schneier most famous
      >for his cryptography books.
      >
      >
      >
      >>But I agree that with a good software management, open-source can certainly
      >>help.
      >>
      >>
      >
      >I'm not sure how. If it can reduce the number of security holes by 50%,
      >say, how does that help? How does having 10 major viruses a year instead
      >of 20 really help anything in the big picture?
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