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InfoWorld: Java maven says Windows is uniquely virus susceptible

Jun 16, 1999, 10:12 (40 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dana Gardner)

Thanks to Miko Wakabayashi for this link.

"Java co-author and Sun Microsystems evangelist James Gosling said Tuesday that the recent spate of viruses and worms affecting corporations worldwide is a result of Windows' and Windows NT's structure, and that Unix, Linux, and Java environments are almost entirely immune."

"Microsoft employees themselves were hit by last week's worm... "You can always do more for security. So far there's not any great solution to it," said Jim Allchin, senior vice president of the business enterprise division at Microsoft..."

"Allchin suggested that corporations take steps, including wide use of anti-virus methods... "Putting in process restraints on getting code is better than technology changes in the operating system," said Allchin..."

"But that flies in the face of what Java's Gosling said Tuesday. Such architectural technologies as the "sandbox" in Java and the network-oriented design of Unix and Linux can largely prevent such invasions, Gosling said, adding that hacking Unix is not impossible, but has proven rare in recent years, whereas Windows-based problems seem to be accelerating."

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