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  • Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Managing Innovation
  • From: Rick Jelliffe <ricko@allette.com.au>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2003 09:57:30 +1000
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Dare Obasanjo wrote:
The latter. Better people than me can tell you why this common
misconception is false[0,1]. The main thing the Unix family of operating
systems  have going for them with regards to security is the higher
degree of sophistication of their users and their lack of mainstream
adoption than on their qualities as a "secure system".  Of course, you
may have a lower criteria for the term "secure system" than I do in
which case YMMV.  

[0] http://www.nsa.gov/selinux/faq.html#I2
[1] http://books.rsbac.org/unstable/x115.html

" Only one remote hole in the default install, in more than 7 years!"

The OpenBSD people have had a thorough quality program in place for many
years, apparantly with great success.

I think Dare hits the nail on the head: monoculture adoption of a single operating
system opens the door to insecurity.  We are drowning in the mainstream.

Rick Jelliffe


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