Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 17th Dec 2011 00:26 UTC
Linux Without corporate backing or advertising, Puppy Linux has become one of the world's ten most popular Linux distributions. In the past few months Puppy has whelped a litter of like systems, each with its own unique DNA. This article summarizes Puppy and then describes the new brood.
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RE: Security
by KLU9 on Sat 17th Dec 2011 12:47 UTC in reply to "Security"
KLU9
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2006-12-06

Has there ever... ever... ever... been an actual documented case of a Puppy system being compromised due to this issue? Ever?

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RE[2]: Security
by Dasher42 on Sat 17th Dec 2011 20:53 in reply to "RE: Security"
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2007-04-05

Running as root on Unix systems is anathema for any real use. It subverts the entire model of security and goes well beyond the browser itself. It's what made Windows ridiculously insecure to begin with, and that platform still hasn't entirely shaken the consequences.

Puppy: something to run off of a flash drive occasionally. Look elsewhere for a general-purpose system.

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RE[3]: Security
by KLU9 on Mon 19th Dec 2011 14:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Security"
KLU9 Member since:
2006-12-06

clearly it's anathema, that's obvious from pretty much every post on the issue. But I wasn't asking about emotions. My question was: is there any actual data?

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RE[2]: Security
by WereCatf on Sun 18th Dec 2011 03:10 in reply to "RE: Security"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Has there ever... ever... ever... been an actual documented case of a Puppy system being compromised due to this issue? Ever?


Most likely not as usually Puppy is used just as a temporary solution and usually not run as a server. However, something not being documented does not equal that it has never happened.

Edited 2011-12-18 03:11 UTC

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RE[3]: Security
by KLU9 on Mon 19th Dec 2011 14:39 in reply to "RE[2]: Security"
KLU9 Member since:
2006-12-06

yes, yes I know absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

But some actual *data* to base opinions on would be nice, wouldn't it?

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