__/ [ arachnid ] on Thursday 10 August 2006 01:39 \__
> On Wed, 09 Aug 2006 18:06:51 -0700, peterwn wrote:
>> arachnid wrote:
>>> As system administrators move to Linux files servers they have a
>>> real problem to deal with since the Linux file server can store
>>> Windows-based viruses. Windows-based viruses can write to a
>>> Linux/Samba network share as easily as they can on a Microsoft
>>> Windows based network. System administrators must protect the Linux
>>> server from storing these viruses. The only way is through active
>>> antivirus defense on the Linux server itself... <snip>
>> Agreed - it makes sense to install the likes of Clam anti-virus or
>> similar in such situations. This looks for Windows viruses.
>> If someone is trying to peddle an anti-virus to protect Linux systems,
>> one needs to ask what the product actually does.
> Is this what they mean by "selling ice to an eskimo?"
> I'd like to have a breakdown of those 100 viruses and their applicability
> to current systems. Most of them are probably obsolete viruses from years
> and years ago that never made it out of the lab. I'd guess there might
> be 5 or less out of the bunch that could pose a danger today, IF you had
> the right distro, with the right kernel version, running the right version
> of some application, had your system misconfigured just so, and did
> something really stupid to get infected in the first place.
True. That's where diversity (as opposed to monoculture) serves a purpose.
See the following:
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| To test her concept, Forrest experimented with a version of the
| open-source operating system Linux. She altered the system to force
| programs to assign data to memory locations at random. Then she subjected
| the computer to several well-known attacks that used the buffer-overflow
| technique. None could get through. Instead, they targeted the wrong area
| of memory. Although part of the software would often crash, Linux would
| quickly restart it, and get rid of the virus in the process.
The part about complex systems built from the best components springs to
Maths applied to numbers is like logic applied to statistics.
Statistics are lies.
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