[svlug] FUD -- Louderback/ZDTV
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
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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