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BSD Today: Interview with BSDi on proactive BSD/OS security

Dec 13, 2000, 23:23 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy C. Reed)

"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."

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