Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 12th Aug 2006 19:07 UTC
OpenBSD OpenBSD strives to be the most secure UNIX derivation. Design principles, such as code auditing, extensive use of encryption, and careful configuration choices, combine to ensure OpenBSD's secure by default philosophy holds true. This article gives you a close look at the operating system so secure that it was once banned for use in a DEF CON competition, where crackers go after each other's systems.
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RE: Correctness matters
by poohgee on Sun 13th Aug 2006 02:03 UTC in reply to "Correctness matters"
poohgee
Member since:
2005-08-13

Certainly agree - I wish there really was more concern about security for Linux kernel not just addon projects to patch things .

The constant security anouncements for the kernel (& the rest) constantly remind me of the lack of security focus in Linux & how OpenBSD has the philosophy Id actually like to see in Linux .

I guess that it is ,like bug fixing ,another one of these things less rewarding than adding fancy new features.

The "Linux is secure mantra" is kind of hollow with constant security advisories compared to OpenBSD & exploits which are possible on Linux ,OSX & Windows.

Just IMO ;)

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RE[2]: Correctness matters
by smitty_one_each on Sun 13th Aug 2006 03:55 in reply to "RE: Correctness matters"
smitty_one_each Member since:
2005-07-07

I submit that there is a problem space, with reasonable tradeoffs in several dimensions, and that the whole FOSS realm is better for having a spectrum of approaches.

OpenBSD, in my admittedly brief experience, can be very finecky about the hardware in use. A choice in favor of OpenBSD might be a choice against that really cutting-edge hardware. Truly, YMMV.

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Lettherebemorelight Member since:
2005-07-11

The "Linux is secure mantra" is kind of hollow with constant security advisories compared to OpenBSD & exploits which are possible on Linux ,OSX & Windows.

You are ignoring the context. The mantra you are talking about is just in relation to Windows. Im quite sure no one who knew what they were talking about was ever trying to suggust that it was perfect, or more secure than BSD.

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RE[2]: Correctness matters
by netpython on Sun 13th Aug 2006 07:28 in reply to "RE: Correctness matters"
netpython Member since:
2005-07-06

how OpenBSD has the philosophy Id actually like to see in Linux .

If you compare FC5 and OpenBSD there'sn't much difference when you do a non GUI install.

OpenBSD can't possibly audit all the packages from ports only the default install which is pretty useless for a desktop.When you install more packages to make for example a somewhat equivalent desktop you are just as vulnerable as any other linux desktop with the same packages installed.Maybe more vulnerable because there's a significant smaller team that audit.

Exellent secure server OS nonetheless.

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RE[3]: Correctness matters
by psygbert on Mon 14th Aug 2006 03:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Correctness matters"
psygbert Member since:
2006-05-29

hmm how can you say more vulnerable? even in ports w^x, propolice and other security enhancements applies.

you can even compile ports under systrace.

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