Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 26th Apr 2006 07:37 UTC, submitted by george
Windows The firewall in Windows Vista will, by default, have half its protection turned off because that is what enterprise customers have requested, according to the software giant.
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its only outound traffic
by TechGeek on Wed 26th Apr 2006 13:58 UTC
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2006-01-14

I can't believe I am actually chiming in on the side of MS, but the default on Linux is to allow outgoing traffic too. At least on any distro I have ever used. I know for sure thats the policy on Red Hat based distros. So whats the big deal? Remember, the home user isnt smart enough to know what a fireall does or how it works. How are they going to be expected to configure it?

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RE: its only outound traffic
by hal2k1 on Wed 26th Apr 2006 14:22 in reply to "its only outound traffic"
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2005-11-11

//I can't believe I am actually chiming in on the side of MS, but the default on Linux is to allow outgoing traffic too.//

The default on a Linux system is also to not have any spyware/phone home/DRM/genuine advantage/keylogger/mandatory update/rootkit/spambot type software on it that can and would take advantage of an open firewall in the outbound direction.

I too can't believe you are actually chiming in on the side of the indefensible.

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RE[2]: its only outound traffic
by sappyvcv on Wed 26th Apr 2006 15:21 in reply to "RE: its only outound traffic"
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2005-07-06

So there is no such thing as rootkits for linux? Hm.. interesting.

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RE[2]: its only outound traffic
by tomcat on Wed 26th Apr 2006 16:15 in reply to "RE: its only outound traffic"
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2006-01-06

I too can't believe you are actually chiming in on the side of the indefensible.

Pot, meet kettle. There's plenty of malware out there for Linux (rootkits, BO's etc). Try to be a little more honest when you defend the indefensible...

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RE[2]: its only outound traffic
by TechGeek on Wed 26th Apr 2006 16:32 in reply to "RE: its only outound traffic"
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2006-01-14

The fact that Windows may allow programs access to things they shouldnt have has little to do with the firewall. The firewall is not the right place to worry about access levels. Face it, any program that has elevated permissions could just turn the damn thing off anyway. Security needs to be improved across the board. And if MS doesn't do that, it will never be considered a secure OS. Unix and now Linux figured this out a long time ago. Someday Bill may catch up, but I doubt it considering that it really goes against a family-friendly PC.

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