Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Sep 2005 12:32 UTC, submitted by vinref
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The growing popularity of open-source browsers and software may be responsible for the increasing gap between the exposure of a vulnerability and the provision of patch to fix it, security software vendor Symantec has said."
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BIG DIFFERENCE
by miro on Mon 19th Sep 2005 16:21 UTC
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2005-07-13

An local access firefox exploit on windows == root exploit == cdrom opens:), but the same on linux (bsd) is just user's documents are in danger.

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RE: BIG DIFFERENCE
by on Mon 19th Sep 2005 16:59 in reply to "BIG DIFFERENCE"
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> An local access firefox exploit on windows == root
> exploit == cdrom opens:), but the same on linux (bsd)
> is just user's documents are in danger.

cdrom opens --> I don't care, it's annoying at worst.

"just user's documents" deleted, modified or leaked --> serious damage! Passwords, phone numbers, programming experiments, etc. are in danger.

Think about it.

- Morin

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RE[2]: BIG DIFFERENCE
by unoengborg on Mon 19th Sep 2005 17:07 in reply to "RE: BIG DIFFERENCE"
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"just user's documents" deleted, modified or leaked --> serious damage! Passwords, phone numbers, programming experiments, etc. are in danger.


And with a proper SELinux policy, you could limit that too just the documents and files Firefox is allowed to touch or even see. E.g. the files in a download folder.

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RE[2]: BIG DIFFERENCE
by on Mon 19th Sep 2005 19:03 in reply to "RE: BIG DIFFERENCE"
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""just user's documents" deleted, modified or leaked --> serious damage! Passwords, phone numbers, programming experiments, etc. are in danger."

The point being, only YOUR passwords, phone numbers, programming experiments etc. are in danger. In Linux (or similar) your stupidity doesn't put other users' personal files in danger. In Windows, in addition to system files and other people's personal files, your files will be in danger too, and the computer may be used to hack other computers with many more users with many more personal files.

Get the idea?

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