[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
packager.

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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