Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Nov 2009 09:31 UTC
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[5]: They deserve it
by tomcat on Wed 11th Nov 2009 01:34 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: They deserve it"
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Firstly, Linux has significant market share in areas where it is an attractive target ... servers for example.

Sigh. Linux server != Linux desktop. Servers are locked-down far more than desktops. You can't extrapolate one from the other. Apples and oranges. Once you start opening up ports to run things like BitTorrent, web browsers, etc, the attack vectors become multiplicative.

Secondly, in Linux the "paradigm" for installing new software is not to download & run stuff from some random website, but rather to use a package manager.

Um, that works fine if you only run open source software, but there are MANY cases where no open source application exists for what you want to do. So, what does a user do? Fail? I don't think so.

I have never heard of a single case, ever, of an end-user's system being compromised with malware through installing software using a package manager.

So what. There have been cases where repositories have been compromised. Only dumb luck prevented you from getting screwed by a malicious attack.

Amongst many millions of Linux users, there has got to be the odd stupid one here and there you would think.

Millions? Talk about overly optimistic...

Edited 2009-11-11 01:36 UTC

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