Linked by David Adams on Mon 6th Oct 2003 19:34 UTC
Bugs & Viruses It's an oft-repeated maxim that one of the reasons that Windows operating systems are plagued by so many viruses, worms, and security exploits is because they are so popular. Extrapolating on this, many have remarked that if Linux, MacOS, or other OSes become more popular, they will attract the attention of virus writers. That may be true, but the increased attention will not necessarily yield the same quantity of viruses and other exploits, says a Register article. Update: Rebuttal article.
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insecure by design
by Marcus Sundman on Tue 7th Oct 2003 00:52 UTC

Both Windows and Linux are insecure by design. Both are made with the assumption that people in charge of security are perfect. I can't understand why people are so incredibly stupid that they don't realize that security primarily based on ACLs won't work as long as people are infallible. It's not as if people haven't tried that approach, and failed constantly.
So what's the solution then? Well, capability-based security, of course. It works, it works well and the switch could even be made gradually. There is no catch. Only mass ignorance is keeping systems in their current insecure state.