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Interesting article on Linus Torvalds/Linux in the Washington Post


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#1 britechguy

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 07:22 PM

. . . in their Net of Insecurity series:  The Kernel of the Argument

 

Worth a read . . .

 

 


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Posted 05 November 2015 - 10:13 PM

@britechguy, thanks that was a good read!  Got to get his Bio now!


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Posted 05 November 2015 - 10:59 PM

That was a long article - almost unbelievably long for a mainstream newspaper article on a 'techy' topic like Linux security. It took me forever to finish it, because I was also watching a basketball game (Chicago vs. OKC).

 

I think it is right about the security issues getting worse not better for Android and IoT Linux. With products from Microsoft, Adobe or other big firms, you are clearly buying a product from a vendor. If something doesn't work properly, you are in the right to demand that they fix it or refund your money.

 

With open source software it is much less clear. If I am afraid that my Android phone is hopelessly vulnerable to malware, who do I complain to? Google, the smartphone manufacturer, someone else?

 

Also, I wonder if the future of IoT security is going to be 'Vigilante-ware', like this worm that hacked routers to change their password from default https://thehackernews.com/2015/10/hack-wifi-router.html



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Posted 05 November 2015 - 11:06 PM

I haven't read this entire article... mostly just kind skimmed through parts... and I already know I'll probably have some bones to pick with it. This one part that I happened to catch real quick was this:

 

“Linux cannot just be turned around by a memo from Linus. He’s not Bill Gates,” Bratus said. “But a culture change is definitely needed before we start relying on these systems for everything.”

 

Apparently that was said by this Bratus guy... whoever he is... but apparently he doesn't know much about what runs Linux.. or who uses it. The majority of web servers use Apache... where does Apache usually run, on Linux! Anyway, I'll have to read the whole article later... It is know 11PM and I have to be up at 5AM for work.


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Posted 05 November 2015 - 11:07 PM

That was a long article - almost unbelievably long for a mainstream newspaper article on a 'techy' topic like Linux security. It took me forever to finish it, because I was also watching a basketball game (Chicago vs. OKC).

 

I approve of this sports watching! Haha! I was doing the same thing... just not watching Chicago VS OKC, was watching Heat VS Timberwolves!


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Posted 06 November 2015 - 02:41 AM

Still reading.

 

 

 

Also, I wonder if the future of IoT security is going to be 'Vigilante-ware', like this worm that hacked routers to change their password from default

Just imagine the damage if it had been malware.

 

 

 

If something doesn't work properly, you are in the right to demand that they fix it or refund your money.

Hey MS I want a refund for Vista and Windows 8................. Good luck with that.


Edited by NickAu, 06 November 2015 - 02:42 AM.


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Posted 06 November 2015 - 11:17 AM

Great read, Britechguy. Thanks.






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