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Re: [SLUG] NTP time server settings
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] NTP time server settings
- From: amos@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 11:34:13 +0300
Rod Butcher wrote:
The final straw that made me switch to Linux was when I was spending
more time downloading and applying security patches and then allowing
and not allowing my firewall to let my computer have strange
conversations with outside forces, most of whom I suspect were located
in Redmond, than I was actually working. Then there was the attack of
the bios-eating worm. My computer became Typhoid Mary and then a dead
badger (hey, but 2.6.8 supports CONFIG_BLK_DEV_BADGERSCSI).
In short, I kind of hoped that I could kiss firewalls and viruses
goodbye.. I only download non-executable code and don't open
nonauthenticated email attachments. I only compile and / or run code
I feel pretty secure running stuff as non-root, or open Microsoft Office
documents using OpenOffice (and feel "he he, I wouldn't dare do THIS on
windows" every time I do this). Am I too complacent?
I have yet to catch a virus on my Linux machine :). But I also run
"chkrootkit" from time to time and watch my logs.
from reputable source like sourceforge, Mandrake or Mozilla.
Any other security issues here ? I thought the problem with Windows was
the basic architecture itself, not being designed to live in a "hostile
environment" whereas I understand Linux was. ??
I think you are basically right - Windows was not designed for the harsh
hostile environmnet that the Internet is today (or any hostile
environment, for that matter. It's very naive actually).
But the Internet is still a hostile environment and firewalls still have
to be raised on anything connected to it.