Re: Gates takes swipe at Apple, Linux security
From: Christopher Browne (cbbrowne_at_acm.org)
Date: 14 Feb 2004 15:52:00 GMT
Clinging to sanity, email@example.com (Huge) mumbled into her beard:
> NeoSadist <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>>Christopher Browne wrote:
>>> After a long battle with technology, "steve h."
>>> <email@example.com>, an earthling, wrote:
>>> This is news, after two weeks? :-)
>>> What is quite clear is that Windows suffers from a number of
>>> _incredibly huge_ security flaws that reach deeply into the system
> [19 lines snipped]
>>Yeah ... the only way they could make a better OS is by using a FreeBSD or
> That's hardly the *only* way.
> What they would have to do is actually start designing in security over
> bells and whistles, and Gates would *never* do that.
What they actually did was to take a reasonably secure kernel, and
make the system _insecure_ by virtue of the bells and whistles that
It is quite possible that the design of the NT kernel provides
something _more_ secure than the design of Unix.
That's a disputable matter, but if we were to agree, provisionally,
that NT was originally a more secure system than Unix, the fact that
what security NT provided was squandered makes any would-be NT
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