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InfoWorld: Hack this!

Sep 26, 1999, 07:06 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Elinor Mills Abreu)

[ Thanks to Randy for this link. ]

"When the U.S. Army announced earlier this month that it was moving its Web sites to the Mac OS from Windows NT because of major security breaches, confidence in Microsoft software's security capability appeared to hit rock bottom.

"Of particular concern to technologists are NT, Internet Explorer (IE), and Hotmail, all of which had major security holes publicized in the past few weeks."

"Among the top Microsoft technologies that experts say lead to security problems is the Component Object Model (COM) specification for running application components on multiple platforms."

"Specifically problematic are ActiveX controls. Java applets minimize security violations by executing in a "sandbox"

"The most secure platform "out of the box" is OpenBSD, because security is a focus on the project, says hacker Tweety Fish.

"The favored underdog, Linux, is considered experimental at this point, but it may end up giving NT the first good run for its money..."

Complete story.