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Counseling not to use Windows (was Re: Anonymous surfing my ass\!)
From: full-disclosure () lists netsys com (Roland Postle)
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2002 20:35:14 +0100

I should mention that I'm only referring to Windows NT here, Windows 9x /is/
one monumental design flaw and not even worth talking about.

That is true when it comes to memory protection, but what you're
talking about is filesystem protection, and Linux doesn't "pretend"
anything -- it enforces it.  I believe it is possible under some
versions of Windows to allow read access but not execute access to
files and directories, but again, 99% of end-users don't know this
and don't configure it.

It's hardly a 'fundamental design flaw' if it can be configured differently.
Many default unix installations will leave all a user's newly created files
with world read access. And I bet the vast majority of novice computer users
(the ones most at risk) would find it easier to change their file
permissions on a Windows machine than a unix machine.

The fact that 99% of Windows users are clueless is no reflection on Windows'
actual security.

- Blazde

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