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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
5/2/2018 8:16:31 PM
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Re: OS security?
@Taimoor: It's not particularly more effort (indeed, historically, MacOS and iOS have had more reported vulnerabilities than any other OS -- and the number of reported Linux vulnerabilities is quite substantial too). It's just a matter of a reduced number of targets.

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TaimoorZubair
TaimoorZubair
4/30/2018 8:13:08 PM
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Re: OS security?
"The false sense of security that non-Windows users -- and especially MacOS and iOS users -- have come to feel makes for quite low-hanging fruit indeed for attackers...and attackers love going after unsuspecting low-hanging fruit."

@Joe: To go by your analogy, yes it's a low-hanging fruit when you target a Linux or iOS device, but considering the amount of effort involved, the user base may be fairly small for the attack to reap any real gains. The taste of the "fruit" may not even be worth the effort involved in going out and grabbing it.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
4/30/2018 11:03:18 AM
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Re: OS security?
@Taimoor: Certainly--except this line of discussion now invites me to look at the other side of the argument.

The false sense of security that non-Windows users -- and especially MacOS and iOS users -- have come to feel makes for quite low-hanging fruit indeed for attackers...and attackers love going after unsuspecting low-hanging fruit.

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TaimoorZubair
TaimoorZubair
4/29/2018 12:44:26 PM
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Re: OS security?
"Why bother to leverage attacks and scams against platform if there is a 10% or less that someone is even using that platform?"

@Joe: That's exactly what my argument has been when it comes to challenging the security of platforms such as Linux or iOS. Yes, they do appear to be much more secure compared to their counterparts, but that may not entirely be up to their own doing. It may simply not be worth to exploit the loopholes based on such a small user base. Not much to be gained from it.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
4/28/2018 12:14:30 PM
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Re: OS security?
@Michelle: I'll bet there'll be something, now that MSFT is very publicly prioritizing Azure and other projects and deprioritizing Windows.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
4/28/2018 12:13:46 PM
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Re: OS security?
@Taimoor: Microsoft's cheap sin here is its success. The scams and attacks are a result of ROI and market share. Why bother to leverage attacks and scams against platform if there is a 10% or less that someone is even using that platform?

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Michelle
Michelle
4/26/2018 7:25:07 PM
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Re: OS security?
I hope there's a rock opera written to tell that story...

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LarryLoeb
LarryLoeb
4/26/2018 1:56:14 PM
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@Michelle

Yeah, the SCO legal deal is the royal soap opera of software. SCO thinks they can make bajillions as a patent troll so they have been fighting IBM like forever.

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Michelle
Michelle
4/26/2018 1:32:50 PM
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I didn't realize Unix was still locked in litigation for so long. That helps explain the absence of growth over the years (as far as I have seen, anyway). thank you!

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TaimoorZubair
TaimoorZubair
4/26/2018 6:53:32 AM
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Re: OS security?
"In the long run, most users would be better off using SE Linux or any thing with policy controls built in."

@Larry: As long as there are enterprise users out there, Windows will continue to sell and people will be forced to use it regardless of how secure or insecure the platform is. I don't think that is changing any time soon.

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