[svlug] LoveLetter reporting -- Microsoft, not computer, virus
kenobi at coruscant.lightsaber.com
Fri May 5 00:55:51 PDT 2000
(I think I just let a message thru with a null body... sorry
I have to admit to a certain amount of glee when someone sends me
a message saying, "DON'T OPEN THAT MAIL!" I write back and say,
"Sorry. I don't run Windows; I'm immune to this virus."
We've probably had this thread before, but given the questions
posed we probably should do it again. So let me play devil's
advocate for a moment.
* What stops someone from writing a virus that attacks a
mailer (e.g., Netscape) on a UNIX/Linux system? Couldn't someone
just as easily read the address book there and propagate
the attack? Isn't it just a case of Linux systems not being
* Can't a virus wipe out a hard drive on a Linux system just as
easily as a Windows box? (Explain this to a non-computer type.)
* Given the gravity of the attack, why don't the computer security
folks just come out and say, "This software architecture is
poorly conceived; Windows needs to be fixed."? I have yet to
see this particular statement. (This one actually bothers me,
especially after the "Linux users are sloppy" discussion.)
rick.kwan at lightsaber.com
Jeffrey B. Siegal <jbs at quiotix.com> wrote:
> When contacting the press via legacy technologies here are a couple of
> issue to suggest they investigate:
> 1. Why, despite multiple occurances of such viruses, does Microsoft
> refuse to remove the ill-conceived and poorly designed "features" which
> allow such viruses to exist?
> 2. Why, despite having caused, on multiple occasions, at least hundreds
> of millions of dollars in damages, including to innocent third parties
> not even using Microsoft products, shouldn't Outlook and Exchange be
> considered "defective products"?
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