Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Sat 19th Jul 2008 19:01 UTC, submitted by cypress
Linux Linux and UNIX-like operating systems in general are regarded as being more secure for the common user, in contrast with operating systems that have "Windows" as part of their name. Why is that? When entering a dispute on the subject with a Windows user, the most common argument he tries to feed me is that Windows is more widespread, and therefore, more vulnerable. Apart from amusing myths like "Linux is only for servers" or "does it have a word processor?", the issue of Linux desktop security is still seriously misunderstood.
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RE[2]: Wrong assumptions...
by casuto on Sun 20th Jul 2008 13:07 UTC in reply to "RE: Wrong assumptions..."
casuto
Member since:
2007-02-27

In a properly configured system, an infected program running with user's priviledges will not be able to modify any other binary outside the user's home directory


Like in Windows Vista by default


...and, ran as regular users, they will be totally harmless to the system :-).


Like in Windows Vista by default

Edited 2008-07-20 13:10 UTC

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RE[3]: Wrong assumptions...
by wrocic on Sun 20th Jul 2008 15:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Wrong assumptions..."
wrocic Member since:
2008-07-10

Yes, and Vista users think they are safe and secure, even though they blindly click OK to all the prompts UAC throws up. Or worse, they disable UAC completely

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RE[3]: Wrong assumptions...
by raver31 on Sun 20th Jul 2008 15:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Wrong assumptions..."
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

"In a properly configured system, an infected program running with user's priviledges will not be able to modify any other binary outside the user's home directory


Like in Windows Vista by default

Nope, I can install an application in Vista that can hose the whole system, after copying itself into /Windows/System32


...and, ran as regular users, they will be totally harmless to the system :-).


Like in Windows Vista by default
"

Also no, as a user called Dave, I can download format.com from DOS 5, open a command prompt, and type this

"format c: /u /autotest"

This will run and format the drive without any prompting.

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RE[4]: Wrong assumptions...
by casuto on Mon 21st Jul 2008 14:27 in reply to "RE[3]: Wrong assumptions..."
casuto Member since:
2007-02-27

Nope, I can install an application in Vista that can hose the whole system, after copying itself into /Windows/System32


1. you can't bypass the UAC prompt (if a process is trying to elevate itself or if it's trying to copy, delete, modify a file in a protected location, an UAC prompt will appear).
2. you can't bypass the Vista's code integrity check: system files have mandatory code integrity, you can't replace them!

Instead, in linux with a single command it's possible to replace the whole kernel due to lack of code integrity checks!

Edited 2008-07-21 14:42 UTC

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