Peter da Silva (firstname.lastname@example.org)
10 Nov 88 15:38:40 GMT
In article <email@example.com.EDU>, firstname.lastname@example.org (George Seibel) writes:
> In article <> In article <email@example.com> dre%ember@Sun.COM (David Emberson) writes:
> >[Matt Bishop (now at Dartmouth)] wrote a paper detailing at least a half
> >dozen holes in the Unix system...
UNIX in general or things like sendmail that are specific to BSD?
> "Congratulations! You just
> bought a fine copy of Unix. Don't keep any files you care about on it."
[ because we're not going to fix any security holes ]
You see, this is the sort of response we're going to get from this sort
of confusion. UNIX is not just BSD. The latest release of System V has
many security improvements... some of which were apparently made at the
urging of Robert Morris himself.
Most of the individuals who buy computers run MS-DOS, a file manager and
program loader that doesn't begin to try to keep viruses out. It can't,
for obvious reasons. For all its faults, UNIX is a lot more secure than
the alternatives available to the general public.
The typical virus in an unprotected DOS or OS is at most a few K of
code... many only a few hundred bytes. This worm required a leader that
was nearly a hundred lines of 'C' code by itself.
Let's keep a sense of proportion.
-- Peter da Silva `-_-' Ferranti International Controls Corporation "Have you hugged U your wolf today?" uunet.uu.net!ficc!peter Disclaimer: My typos are my own damn business. firstname.lastname@example.org
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