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[3]: Wrong assumptions...
by ichi on Sun 20th Jul 2008 15:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Wrong assumptions..."
ichi
Member since:
2007-03-06

Malware does NOT NEED to access /bin, /usr/bin or any other "root only" directory. It does not need to infect binaries either. Access to home directory is enough for malware to spread and to have the full access to the most important files on the computer.


The point is that I (say "UserA") don't have to worry about whether "UserB" is a moron and fills his ~ with malicious scripts. Both my own ~ and all the system stuff will remain safe.

And anyway, if you had such a disgusting user in your system you could just not let him execute anything on his ~. Chances are he doesn't need to do that anyway.

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RE[4]: Wrong assumptions...
by dagw on Sun 20th Jul 2008 15:14 in reply to "RE[3]: Wrong assumptions..."
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

And anyway, if you had such a disgusting user in your system you could just not let him execute anything on his ~. Chances are he doesn't need to do that anyway.

Of course the point you're nicely ignoring is that the vast majority of *nix PCs have only one user and that user is also the system owner and admin.

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RE[5]: Wrong assumptions...
by ichi on Sun 20th Jul 2008 15:44 in reply to "RE[4]: Wrong assumptions..."
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

Of course the point you're nicely ignoring is that the vast majority of *nix PCs have only one user and that user is also the system owner and admin.


No, I'm just saying that means are provided to protect both the system and other users from you. If you are the only user and feel like screwing your ~ then that's up to you.

BTW I'd dare to say that the vast majority of *nix computers are actually servers.

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RE[5]: Wrong assumptions...
by StaubSaugerNZ on Sun 20th Jul 2008 19:47 in reply to "RE[4]: Wrong assumptions..."
StaubSaugerNZ Member since:
2007-07-13

Of course the point you're nicely ignoring is that the vast majority of *nix PCs have only one user and that user is also the system owner and admin.


True, but unlike Windows, Un!x systems aren't fundamentally designed with this assumption in mind.

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RE[4]: Wrong assumptions...
by luzr on Sun 20th Jul 2008 15:26 in reply to "RE[3]: Wrong assumptions..."
luzr Member since:
2005-11-20


And anyway, if you had such a disgusting user in your system you could just not let him execute anything on his ~. Chances are he doesn't need to do that anyway.


AFAIK, this is not quite possible with current nixes - there are scripts in ~ by default.

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RE[5]: Wrong assumptions...
by Redeeman on Sun 20th Jul 2008 21:52 in reply to "RE[4]: Wrong assumptions..."
Redeeman Member since:
2006-03-23

you can easily run with /home as noexec.

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