posted on Apr, 16 2012 @ 05:09 PM
reply to post by Wolfie0827
Linux is more secure because you have software repositories and practically do not download executables from a myriad of sources. Furthermore the
programs you use under Linux are open source, meaning that not only can people find security holes much easier but they can fix them themselves as
In the Windows world the source code is closed, you need to do fuzzing or reverse engineering in order to find security holes, and then rely on the
manufacturer to fix it at his convenience, or not. Furthermore Windows upto XP was never really designed as an internet platform and the file and
privilege security implementations are more than poor. Funny to see how they're starting to do with Vista and W7 what is best practice on Unix
machines since forever.
So all in all it's not only the market share that makes Windows less secure. Owning a Windows box is generally much easier than a Linux one. Of course
the user plays a huge role.
In the end, there is no system that could not be compromised one way or the other.
ETA: By speaking of it .. just saw this exploit method today with fast-track .. you simply create a payload, enter a url and it clones the website for
you, and all you got to do is send your victim a link to click. The site looks totally legit, except there's this lil java thingy popping up asking
you to run an applet, and as soon as you hit OK it executes a binary, bypasses your AV engine and does whatever the payload is designed to, and
there's a binary for Windows as well as Linux and Mac OS, so basically nowadays with the fancy pentesting tools it boils down to being an educated
user and acting in a safe manner in order to stay safe
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