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Re: Worms versus Bots
--On Wednesday, May 05, 2004 6:04 AM -0400 Matthew Crocker <email@example.com> wrote:
In the past this may have been true, it's been my experience that most modern Linux distributions have adopted (more or less) the approach that OpenBSD has: Leave services turned off by default. In fact, a typical RedHat workstation installation goes a step further by not even installing a lot of services by default. Sure, Joe Sixpack can still install everything and uncomment everything from /etc/inetd.conf and get himself pwned, but I don't think we have to worry much about your average computer user doing this.We have all been through this before. Linux out of the box is generally no more secure than Windows. Linux can also be misconfigured and hacked. The reason why you don't see as many linux virus/worms is because there aren't as many linux desktops. Once Linux becomes a real player in the residential desktop OS market you'll see more and more worms/viruses running around because of it. Now, I love Linux, I have 30 linux servers in production but it isn't the be all, end all to mass user security.
 Actually since RedHat uses xinetd, it involves a little more work to turn _everything_ on.
Jeff Workman | firstname.lastname@example.org | http://www.pimpworks.org