Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Tue 31st Mar 2009 06:30 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Many have gotten antsy the past months about the Conficker worm, and all with good reason. Though the worm hasn't done much of anything (yet) except spread like the plague, it's infectious if one doesn't have his or her Windows operating system up-to-date with the most recent security updates. The worm is supposed to execute on April 1st, and the computer world is holding its breath to see if a disaster comparable to the hyped-up supposed Y2K doomsday will ensue or if it's just someone's idea of a sick April Fool's Day joke.
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RE[4]: Yet another reason....
by thecwin on Tue 31st Mar 2009 08:38 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Yet another reason...."
thecwin
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I understand that, but the stack on OS X/Linux/BSD is at least more varied than on Windows...

I think the more diversity the better. Even if SAMBA is vulnerable, and that is shared across all three UNIX/alike platforms, a large number of those won't be running it, or will be running NFS instead. Of those who are running it, the ability to gain root-level access might also depend on a kernel bug, limiting the potential to spread to other user accounts from the Samba accounts/users.

If Windows' RPC is vulnerable... we have Blaster and Sasser making huge parts of the internet infectious. It'd be a lot slower at propagating if there were 1/4 as many computers to infect ;) There's room for some non-UNIX-alike systems in the mix too ;) .

It's not a panacea, nothing really is... it just helps reduce overall risk.

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