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Re: How much longer..
From: "Crist Clark" <crist.clark () globalstar com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2003 12:56:10 -0700


Fred Baker wrote:

At 12:53 PM 8/13/2003 -0500, Ejay Hire wrote:
I don't care what defective operating system a worm uses.

Yes. Lets recall that the first worm on the net was a sendmail worm, and
attacked UNIX systems. I'm no friend of Windows either, but a little
humility is in order. Windows is attacked because it is ubiquitous, not
because it is vulnerable. If the whole world ran Linux, the attacks would
be on Linux machines.

Attacks _are_ on Linux machines. There have been Linux worms, Lion attacked
BIND, Ramen attacked rpc.statd and wu-ftpd, Slapper attached Apache, to
name a few. Attacks are on Solaris, the sadmin/IIS worm (which also attacked
IIS, a cross-platform worm, remember that, cool, huh?). Attacks are on FreeBSD,
Scalper worm attacked Apache.

How soon people seem to forget these things.

To pound it home one more time, worms that attack Microsoft products are a
bigger deal only because Microsoft has at least an order of magnitude greater
installbase than the nearest competitor.
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Crist J. Clark                               crist.clark () globalstar com
Globalstar Communications                                (408) 933-4387

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