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eWeek: Exposed to a Web of viruses

Jun 19, 2000, 23:25 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Following the recent Love Letter attack, similar to Melissa but with far more pervasive and damaging effects, enterprise IT buyers have risen to demand that Microsoft give more attention to the safety of large networks. The connectivity of the Internet is different in kind, not just in degree, from the connectivity of the LAN, and Microsoft's architecture has not reflected this difference, they say. Microsoft has not acknowledged its responsibility as enterprises migrate to public networks with worldwide reach...."

"However, Windows and its high degree of integration make attacks unnecessarily inviting, and IT pros say they believe that any competent developer could make security features more controllable and make security information easier to acquire and understand...."

"Those who champion the open-source process point to projects such as the OpenBSD operating system, with its tremendous security record, as proof of concept. But there are other examples, such as loopholes in Kerberos code that went unnoticed for years, that show the limits of volunteer effort."

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