Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Apr 2009 09:54 UTC
Bugs & Viruses Whenever the Conficker worm comes up here on OSNews (or any other site for that matter) there are always a number of people who point their fingers towards Redmond, stating that it's their fault Conifcker got out. While Microsoft has had some pretty lax responses to security threats in the past, it handled the whole Conficker thing perfectly, releasing a patch even before Conficker existed, and pushing it through Windows Update. In any case, this made me wonder about Linux distributions and security. What if a big security hole pops up in a Linux distribution - who will the Redmond-finger-pointing people hold responsible?
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this is all very hypothetical
by JoeBuck on Wed 15th Apr 2009 19:36 UTC
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Yes, it's possible that an exploitable security issue will result in a Linux worm at some point. If and when this happens, deciding who to point the finger at should depend on what the facts are. Since at this point there are no facts, it's wildly premature to ask who we will point the finger at.

And what's the point anyway? That when it happens to us we can't blame Redmond? That then all the Windows bashers will get their comeuppance?

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