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On Bugs, Viruses, Malware and Linux

Aug 19, 2009, 09:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Katherine Noyes)

""The headlines for this Linux security hole read like the apocalypse," Slashdot blogger yagu told LinuxInsider. "The reality is much less severe."

"First and foremost, "to fully take advantage of the exploit, a user must have physical access," he explained. "By definition, physical access is already a compromised system. Any security issues past that point is simply splitting semantic hairs."

"Linux is far more secure than Windows, yagu asserted. "

"Linux is Unix -- which, by the way, so are Macs," he noted. "Unix's architecture is fundamentally different from Windows, especially the defaults for how access to important system resources is granted."

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