avery at u.washington.edu
Wed Jan 22 14:39:06 PST 2003
I was asking one of the tech support in Econ Dept about connnecting to
our network. Part of his reply is pasted below.
And I got to wondering, is it true that unix-based OS are most frequently
hacked on campus? There seems to be a general assumption that linux is
inherently less secure than Windows/Mac. Since the people who give me
that impression are invariably Windows specialists, it's hard for me to
tell myth from fact.
> > That's fine, but it's extremely important that you make sure to keep it
> > properly patched and secured while it's on our network. Unfortunately
> > UNIX-based operating systems are the most commonly hacked systems on
> > campus, so I'd like to make sure that any linux/unix system on our
> > network is not going to be posing a threat. I believe that most linux
> > distributions have some sort of auto-update feature to keep on top of
> > patches as they are released.
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