08/18/2004: This brings a new meaning....
to the term "total cost of ownership". From The Evil Empire:
Microsoft has been waiting for security researchers to say that its Windows operating system has a lower total cost of ownership. One finally has, but that's not good news.I said it the moment I first heard about the "Trustworthy Computing" initiative.
On Friday, David Aitel, a noted security professional and managing director of vulnerability assessment firm Immunity, published a paper stating that "owning" a computer--hacker-speak for compromising a system--is easier if the target computer runs Windows. While couched in puns and jokes, the paper takes a serious stance on the security of Windows compared with modern Linux, Aitel said.
The Aitel paper marks the first time that a security professional with hands-on experience of hacking both Linux and Windows systems has weighed in on the issue. His conclusion: The security of Windows computers is easier to breach than modern Linux computers, despite more than two years of work by Microsoft to secure its operating system under its Trustworthy Computing initiative. Microsoft declined to comment on the paper.
Trustworthy Computing my ass.
Len on 08.18.04 @ 12:49 PM CST