Your technical & close examination
of single sides of the problem is
very deep & i'm glad to learn from you .
Risking an off-topic reply ,
i'd like to clarify that i do not approve
Microsoft's deviating statements as well
as i do not approve its monopoly
position on the market .
On the contrary , i think that monopoly
can only lead to indolence , laziness ,
indifference towards customers & partners , abstraction &
For all these reasons , should be clear that i did
not intend to deny that Microsoft neglect to
deeply examin & correct software flaws , in particular
security ones , nor that it focalize its attention almost
exclusively on usability , just to get people confidence(we all care about usability ,
which is immediately compprehensible , while
only few of us care about security , which requires more knowledges) .
What i intended to say is that this is not the main problem .
Concerning this specific subject ,
i'm convinced that technical issues must take second place .
Assuming that all softwares have technical flaws ,
vulnerability of a product can be discovered only
by making attempts on its integrity ; the more you try , the more flaws
you can discover .
So which OS could an hijacker be interested in
XP , MAC or LINUX ?
Although it's true that Microsoft used/uses to sacrifice
security pro usability , maybe we ignore MAC or LINUX policy
just cause nobody is interested in analyzing them so deeply .
I'm registered at BetaNews website & use to visit daily or
even more , i see all software releases day by day & i could
realize that the relationship between softwares designed for XP
& softwares designed for MAC OS is about 200 : 1 .
So where is the BUSINNES ?
For which OS are Software houses interested in developing products ?
On which OS are Commercial Companies interested in publishing their own pop-up ?
Of Which OS could flaws be more "interesting" for hijackers ?
...most important : who are hijackers ?...why do they hijack
OS as well as softwares ?...why do they violate everyone's privacy ?
Leaving out every other subjects , i think that these last three
are the critical questions , the point where the discussion should
If it's true that most part of the truth is hidden
("The situation isn't as clear cut as it might seem at first blush") ,
we're missing the main part of the problem :
not HOW (technical) a software is hijacked but
WHY (politic-commercial) it is .
In my opinion , technical subject is consequent from Political-economical ,
not the contrary.
From there we should start anylisis , looking
for effective solutions & able to solve security issues ;
patches & security features are just transient solutions ,
assuming that malware evolvement is faster than security
softwares & devices one .
Unix style of Linux & MAC (& FREE BSD http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/FreeBSD_for_i386_ISO/953609528/1)
subject could explain single cases(particular)
mostly related to unjudicious use of
pc user\admin himself (downloading cracked/patched softwares
, online "cards games" , pornographic images & videos & so on)
, but should not be able to explain whole problem(univerasl).
Jyst like saying that is an "event" , not the "rule" .
Furthermore Unix style could be an issue for an
hijacker , who has to consider that cannot fully
get admin "help" but does he choose Windows 99% of times only for
the problem related to admin faculty ?
This could be a deterrent , not insormountable wall : do you think
that , in an hypothetic future , when Market
focalizes its attention on MAC or LINUX ,
WINDOWS will remain most targeted OS ?
(by the way , i could cause sys crashes too...very , very
easily : WINLOGON in System32 directory...)
I agree to your words :
"you'll see that almost all IE flaws compromise the entire operating system" .
Uncouth Microsoft's mistake to make a browser vital part
of the OS .
Altough this subject is properly related to consequences of
attacks & not strictly to prevention of attacks ,
that could be a good reason to avoid using IE .
Finally , we come to similar end :
IE is currently the most VULNERABLE browser in your opinion
(as far as i could understand) ,
just most TARGETED in my opinion .
Surely it's better to use other browsers than IE now ,
but this could be not true in a (not so far) future.
As well as there is no "Magic Shield" & there are no AVs able to
prevent all existing viruses , there are no invulnerable
softwares or OS .
While OS subject must be unfortunately omitted , cause Microsoft
will remain market leader for hundreds of years ,
browser subject could change its direction soon ,
thus IE could become "safer" than another browser ,
the one that will be leading the market .
Firefox is not "safe" , is CURRENTLY(chronologically-limted
consideration) "safer" than IE .
http://www.nod32.it/home/home.htm italian language
One more time Thank you very much , it's a pleasure for me
to discuss with you .
p.s. I apologize for my "italian-english mixed" language...i'm studying !
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