BSD Today: Interview with BSDi on proactive BSD/OS security
Dec 13, 2000, 23:23 (0 Talkback[s])
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"BSD/OS is often considered a "secure" operating system. I often
see ISPs and website hosting companies prominently brag that their
servers are secure because they run BSDi's operating system. BSDi
itself often promotes itself by saying it continues the BSD
tradition of "extremely secure" systems. And for the past couple
years as a BSD/OS administrator (running a variety of versions), I
have found BSD/OS to be quite secure."
"Even though my BSD/OS machines seemed secure and the patching
mechanism (mods) worked great, BSD/OS is rarely covered in the
normal security news -- maybe this is a good thing -- so I was
always curious about BSDi's security stance."
"To find out more about BSD/OS's past, current and future
security plans, I spoke with Paul Anderson, the BSD/OS product
manager. Anderson, who is based in Minneapolis, Minn., has been
using BSD for about 19 years, starting with Unix systems
programming as a freshman in college. His experience includes
maintaining machines, developing device drivers and working with
embedded systems for medical devices."
"As a small company, Anderson said, BSDi's engineers handled the
security aspects of the software, but as the company became bigger,
it often became assumed that someone else did it. Nevertheless, the
security tradition continues: "In general, what we ship with our
products contain the newest security patches."