[Linux-aus] Re: [Talk] Media Release: OPEN SOURCE USERS UNAFFECTED BY SASSER WORM - THE INTERNET KEEPS GOING DESPITE FLAWED PROPRIETARY SOFTWARE
darius at dons.net.au
Tue May 11 17:16:12 UTC 2004
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On Mon, 10 May 2004 14:14, David Purdue wrote:
> Just to play devil's advocate...
> This release fails to mention that the Morris Worm propagated by
> exploiting weaknesses in Sendmail, an open source program.
Your devil is pretty old ;)
> So it could also be said that what the Morris Worm did is clearly
> demonstrate that software being open source does not imply that it is
> immune to virus/worm attack.
> If the real lesson is that I should source my applications from multiple
> code bases, what is the alternate codebase for something that does the
> same job as Apache?
Actually there are plenty of other open source web servers out there.
Also, it's harder to write a worm that will run on more than one platform
(certainly difficult if you want it to be reasonably small)
Daniel O'Connor software and network engineer
for Genesis Software - http://www.gsoft.com.au
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are so many of them to choose from."
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