Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Jun 2007 20:07 UTC, submitted by Valour
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Besides services not being on...
by Thomas2005 on Thu 21st Jun 2007 16:07 UTC
Thomas2005
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2005-11-07

...doesn't OpenBSD do other things like encrypt on-the-fly and randomly assign memory addresses required by the applications?

My feeling is the OpenBSD team is very conscious about keeping the hardware, OS, and applications separate. Meaning, they know the OS is the middle man between the hardware and applications so they work to make sure the OS can fulfill the various requests while keeping applications from messing with other applications and their data. At no point are they concerned with the applications since it is the job of the developers to develop their applications within the confines of the OpenBSD security model.

Microsoft, on the other hand, seems to do the opposite in that they come up with a feature for an application and then modify the OS to make it happen. Internet Explorer is one that comes to mind. I am sure Microsoft is working on improving security, but they are still trying to "bake" stuff into the OS.

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Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

...doesn't OpenBSD do other things like encrypt on-the-fly and randomly assign memory addresses required by the applications?

Those are fairly standard practices nowadays. I think Windows started doing that with Windows 2000, and Linux around 2.4.

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