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Yep. This isn't an MS problem. MS exacerbates it
with such things as support for raw sockets in WinXP according
to Steve Gibson, but the fault lies in the design of the Internet
itself; specifically, TCP/IP. It's another case of 80/20 coming
back to bite us.
The web was fielded witlessly.
The problem is the witlessness is feeding on itself and
pushing requirements from multiple sources to put enterprises
on the web that clearly can't take the risk because they
risk the safety of the public. Some industry working
groups and big player vendors are going to have
face up to this before the bad thing happens.
From: Danny Ayers [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Jacques Distler offered a simple explanation for the phenomenon in general -
software monoculture. In the case of most virus problems, the monoculture is
essentially that of Microsoft. But the web itself is built on the
monoculture of TCP/IP, so the problem runs deeper, so even without the Borg
we'd still have to cross this bridge sooner or later. Or rather stop
unwanted packets crossing it.