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LinuxPlanet: Security Expert Gives Operating Systems Poor Security Grade

Oct 14, 2002, 17:30 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert McMillan)

"LP: You've been a vocal critic of both Windows and Linux's security design. What's the problem with Linux?

"Spafford: Windows is awful, but well, so is Linux. Neither presents an environment that your average business user or government user or home user is able to install and use out of the box without worries. And in fact, if you look at your typical Linux distributions, with all of these tools and extra drivers and everything that's thrown on, a lot of that is programmed by people without training, without careful thought, and without careful design.

"That's not the argument for the kernel. The kernel is rather tightly controlled by a small group who do have expertise.

"In truth, it's the larger collection of things that gets shipped off and sent off that somebody might want to install, and it's very often those poorly designed or poorly examined add-ons and programs that run with privilege and server daemons that lead to the problems..."

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