Do You Think Linux is Secure?
Sep 16, 2011, 23:01 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Susan Linton)
[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for
this link. ]
"One of the more interesting observations came from Kim Andersen
who said that the diversity of Linux distributions is one reason
why Linux is safer than Windows. For example, a malicious .deb will
only work on Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, Mepis, or other Debian system.
RPM, YUM, Portage, Entropy, Pacman, slackpkg, etc. systems are
immune. Tarballs are another subject.
"However, another safeguard built into Linux is the large
repositories of our most popular distributions. These resources
help keep users safer because they won't need to use a search
engine and download from untrusted sources, says Shimi."