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Business Standard: How to obtain safe computers?

Sep 09, 1999, 14:38 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ajay Shah)

[ Thanks to Ajay Shah for this link. ]

"Microsoft had a problem. The `Windows' operating system is weak in deployment in large organisations. It has become essential for the IT staff of a company to be able to remotely manage the hundreds of computers spread over a large company, without needing to physically be in front of each of them when administrative tasks have to be performed. This is difficult using MS Windows."

"The Cult of The Dead Cow...is a non-profit group with a sense of humour. They released a remarkable product named `Back Orifice' (http://www.bo2k.com) which accomplishes many of these functions (the name of their product is a joke on the product from MS named `back office'). Back Orifice is a useful tool, allowing many administrative tasks to be done remotely. Back Orifice is available at zero cost, including the complete source code (which you can read, study, and improve). It works for both the traditional MS Windows and for their `New Technology' (NT) variant.

"The only problem in this happy picture is that Back Orifice is a security disaster. Back Orifice accomplishes these useful tasks by destroying the "computer security" that MS Windows is supposed to have..."

"The competitor, Unix, was designed from the ground up in an environment where (a) several people used the same machine, and (b) all computers were connected up in a network..."

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