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Windows Last week, security vendor Sophos published a blog post in which it said that Windows 7 was vulnerable to 8 our of 10 of the most common viruses. Microsoft has responded to these test results, which are a classic case of "scare 'm and they'll fall in line".
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RE[3]: Comment by satan666
by tomcat on Wed 11th Nov 2009 01:13 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by satan666"
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Secondly, the correct method of installing software on Linux is via the package manager. Package managers and the associated online repositories allow for a system where any piece of software can be audited and verified by any person on the planet. Anyone at all, not just the person who wrote the software. If everyone on the planet can see what is in a piece of software BEFORE it gets to end users, this makes it very difficult indeed to hide malware within that software.

The "package manager and associated online repositories" doesn't work with commercial/proprietary software, where you don't have the source code. The best that an auditor can do in that case is GUESS whether the software contains malware or not; for example, an application may only reveal itself as malware under timed conditions (only destroying your machine or turning it into a zombie after a period of time). And, since there is an unquestionable need for commercial/proprietary software, you don't have a solution.

Edited 2009-11-11 01:14 UTC

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