[svlug] LoveLetter reporting -- Microsoft, not computer, virus

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Fri May 5 11:50:07 PDT 2000


Quoting Joey Hess (joey at kitenet.net):

> Hands up, everyone who has installed a third-party .rpm or .deb which
> you did not download directly from your distributor or someone you trust
> with root access on your system.
> 
> Hands up, everyone who has run a 2 thousand line ./configure script
> without auditing the whole thing.

"Trustworthy" is always a relative concept.  This is surely not news.

And thoughtful sysadmins gauge their levels of paranoia depending on
what's at risk and the threat models.

In short:  Nobody _said_ immune, just resistant and with a minimum of 
boneheaded security holes.

--  
Cheers,        "Linux means never having to delete your love mail."
Rick Moen                                              -- Don Marti
rick (at) linuxmafia.com





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