[svlug] FUD -- Louderback/ZDTV

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Sun May 7 20:07:37 PDT 2000

Quoting kmself at ix.netcom.com (kmself at ix.netcom.com):

> The one minor bit of truth -- yes, there *will* be backdoors found
> in GNU/Linux software.

But, of course, the boneheaded default access mode in RH 6.2's "Piranha"
package was _not_ a backdoor.  It was a front-door.  Unlocked, and
slightly ajar.

Ziff-Davis's Mr. Louderback would of course rather claim it's a "backdoor"
because that sounds much more dramatic -- and his target audience can be
relied on to not know the difference, anyway.

> The real measure of security isn't so much a count of exploits found
> as it is the time window between first awareness of an exploit and the
> general distribution of a fix.

But, of course, this was _not_ a deficiency in Linux at all.  It was a
stupid default setting in an optional package from one distribution

Louderbach of course purports to be massively confused on this point.
Which you can elect to either believe or not -- making it either
carelessness or (more) trolling on his part.

But neither is exactly surprising.

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

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