Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 8th Dec 2004 20:48 UTC, submitted by Nicholas
Editorial I just spent the last several days reading the lengthy essay "Ying and Yang of Security" which explores the origins of security on the personal computer and explains why the current models are outdated. It seems to argue that security systems designed to keep the system safe are relics of the days of mainframes when the system was more important than the user, but for a personal computer the user is more important than the system.
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Re: The MESMERIC (IP: ---.as15444.net)
by drsmithy on Thu 9th Dec 2004 21:19 UTC

It is so damn difficult to write a virus for say Linux.

What makes it so hard ?

It's true to say that in Linux (I will keep to this OS) there is no common address book, window manager, activex / vbscripting etc.

This is where the unix communities' love affair with text files comes into play. Just grep / looking for text strings with '@' in them to get a list of email addresses.