Re: And another one just for fun!
From: Chris Croughton (chris_at_keristor.org)
Date: 26 Aug 2003 09:10:58 GMT
On Mon, 25 Aug 2003 12:43:05 GMT, Lohkee
>"donut" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> "Lohkee" <Lohkee@worldnet.att.net> wrote in
>> >> 2. Use a properly configured firewall.
>> > Incapable of reliably stopping a well-written virus (not to mention
>> > those originating from the inside).
>> How is a properly configured firewall incapable of stopping a well written
>> virus? How does it get inside to begin with? There are always people
>> claiming this, but I have yet to see it demonstrated.
>Ever heard of a floppy diskette, CD ROM, Thumb Drive, or a keyboard? Ever
>heard of email attachments?
All of which require the user to import them. If the user deliberately
bypasses the firewall, of course it won't prevent things (duh!).
>How about embedding code in the comments section
>of a web-page?
Huh? How would that do anything at all? Comments are ignored, or
should be by any browser written by sopmeone competant.
>For that matter, consider any of the "major" viruses over the
>past five years.
Yes, all due to the users not having a firewall and/or opening things
without bothering to check (see my comment about babies sticking things
in their mouths).
>> Why? If the firewall keeps it out, the only way it can get in is if the
>> user allows it in somehow.
>History has shown that users are very good at doing just that, or do you not
>follow (as you suggested earlier) what is going on in the world (Melissa,
>Love Bug, etc, etc, etc).
Think of it as evolution in action. I have no sympathy with people who
continually use broken software, knowing that it is broken, or who still
open unknown attachments despite all the warnings. I only have sympathy
for their victims, the ones who then get flooded with the amails etc.
To misquote lady Bracknell: "To be infected with one virus may be
regarded as a misfortune; to be infected with two looks like
>My obligation to trolls (and idiots) has now been met.
So you are now leaving? Please close the door on your way out.