Open source security

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 19:49:37 CDT

On May 7, 2004, at 6:58 PM, james_in_denver wrote:
> As far as I can see there have been two successful attacks on Linux
> machines. Both cases involved a Trojan Horse attack AFTER gaining
> access
> to the systems by attaining the super-user passwords. These are truly
> not Viral attacks, just some lucky guesswork or a disgruntled employee.

Trying to find scientific evidence that Linux is more secure than
Windows is kinda like trying to find scientific evidence that the sky
is blue. It's just too overwhelmingly self-evident to be a reasonable
subject for investigation. Or like the belief that species of
organisms evolve over geological time scales.

On the other hand, in all the cases, what you're likely to find, is a
bunch of misleading "studies" that posit the opposite. FUD from
Microsoft in the one case, or some sort of delusion or quibbling in the
other (i.e. "scientific" creationism). It's only worth saying if you
have something scandalously untrue-seeming as your premise.
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