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JTJersey
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      09-15-2007
Microsoft surreptitiously installed some updates to XP and Vista around
August 24 in the early morning hours that bypassed users update
settings. Even if you are set to only do manual updates or to only be
alerted to updates that might be available, these updates were done
anyway, without your knowledge or permission. Despite my Linux
preferences, I run two Windows XP machines here and unauthorized hacking
into my system concerns me. With a closed source OS like Windows there
have always been unsubstantiated rumors of back-doors made available to
(fill in the blank) agencies. I like XP and hate to think that Microsoft
has the capability and determination to invade my privacy at will. At
this date all MS offers is that it's an update to it's update program,
but nothing about why it proceeded like this.

http://tinyurl.com/33gsft


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Mr. Arnold
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      09-15-2007

"JTJersey" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:3dGGi.36690$(E-Mail Removed).. .
> Microsoft surreptitiously installed some updates to XP and Vista around
> August 24 in the early morning hours that bypassed users update
> settings. Even if you are set to only do manual updates or to only be
> alerted to updates that might be available, these updates were done
> anyway, without your knowledge or permission. Despite my Linux
> preferences, I run two Windows XP machines here and unauthorized hacking
> into my system concerns me. With a closed source OS like Windows there
> have always been unsubstantiated rumors of back-doors made available to
> (fill in the blank) agencies. I like XP and hate to think that Microsoft
> has the capability and determination to invade my privacy at will. At
> this date all MS offers is that it's an update to it's update program,
> but nothing about why it proceeded like this.
>


So? There is nothing can be done about it other than not use M$. So, why
worry about it. And who is to say that the same thing couldn't happen with
Novell and Suse. You got more problems worrying about Identify Theft (some
real damage) running around out here on the Internet, than one has worrying
about this.

 
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nsag
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      09-15-2007
Unless you can parse the source code how do you know what is in Linux?
Open source means anyone can insert anything into a Linux program.
Most Linux users do not employ effective security strategies because, like
Mac users, they are lulled by the low number of attacks to think that
malware/viruses do not exist in their little world.
Wrong again . . . .
Most analysts find that the Mac OS is actually less secure than Windows and
Linux hardly any better.


 
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Mr. Arnold
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      09-15-2007

"nsag" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> Unless you can parse the source code how do you know what is in Linux?
> Open source means anyone can insert anything into a Linux program.
> Most Linux users do not employ effective security strategies because, like
> Mac users, they are lulled by the low number of attacks to think that
> malware/viruses do not exist in their little world.
> Wrong again . . . .
> Most analysts find that the Mac OS is actually less secure than Windows
> and Linux hardly any better.


I got Linux on my network as well. Linux is just another piece of crap O/S
written by fallible Human Beings, just like the other pieces of crap O/S(s),
with fallible Human Beings sitting behind the wheel doing the clicking and
typing. There is nothing special about Linux -- nothing.

 
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JTJersey
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      09-15-2007
On Sat, 15 Sep 2007 18:34:25 +0000, nsag wrote:

> Unless you can parse the source code how do you know what is in Linux?
> Open source means anyone can insert anything into a Linux program. Most
> Linux users do not employ effective security strategies because, like
> Mac users, they are lulled by the low number of attacks to think that
> malware/viruses do not exist in their little world. Wrong again . . . .
> Most analysts find that the Mac OS is actually less secure than Windows
> and Linux hardly any better.



Oh please. The fact that anybody can look at the Linux source code in
itself would preclude someone writing in a backdoor such as this Windows
exploit, because somebody else would see it and it would be all over the
world in hours. And how would you know what most Linux users do about
their security?

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