[ILUG-BOM] Marketing point for LINUX. Can Windows / Linux be made totally safe for WIFI
jtd at mtnl.net.in
Sat Aug 9 15:30:24 IST 2008
On Friday 08 Aug 2008 09:41, Erach wrote:
> Can Windows / LINUX ever be made totally safe for WIFI ?
> After reading the fact that government wants WIFI security before
> getting WIFI computers all over Mumbai, I was asked by a friend
> whether WINDOWS can ever be made totally safe for WIFI all over
You cant make anything safe from ALL attacks except at enormous costs.
You have to define the threat and then design your system to mitigate
However Windows is plagued by all sorts of threats. Exploits are dime
a dozen reigning from kernel vulnerabilites to userland problems.
These stem from not having even a sembleance of seperation between
user and kernel spaces. Infact this lack of seperation is a touted
> What about LINUX ?
Linux has a well defined sepration between kernel and user spaces.
Therfore the type of vulnerabilities common on windows are non
Having stated the above, IMO there is no new vulnerability caused by
merely using wireless. One can tap into a wire with equal ease, save
the headache of relative physical proximity.
The type of stupid investigations carried out by our cops are not
worth commenting on and betrays their utter lack of any sleuthing
abilities when dealing with a slightly more sophisticated attack than
sticks and stones.
We are singularly lucky that we dont have a blast a day, given the
massive vulnerabilities in every area of public access.
The case of cyber vulnerability is a stupid distraction or even a nice
broken stick for the cops and authorities to lean on.
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