[ILUG] From the register. XP machine rooted in 200 seconds.
Jason at jcorcoran.net
Wed Dec 1 11:39:49 GMT 2004
On Wed, Dec 01, 2004 at 11:26:41AM +0000, Ken Gilmour wrote:
> Captain's Log, stardate Wed, 1 Dec 2004 11:08:44 +0000, from the fingers of Jason Corcoran came the words:
> There's no point really in testing the vulnerabilities in old service packs... Although i do hate windows, i at least make an effort to update service packs etc as soon as i see them available. The same could be said for a Linux machine (in fact, it's said that Redhat 7.3 had more security holes in it's default install than Windows 2000 at the time). If you don't update your stuff you're more prone to attacks... it doesn't take a scientist to realise that!
Given that XP SP2 is 2GB (Not sure about the size, but this was the figure batted around my old work place) how many dialups or *can be bothered downloading that size of a service pack* merchants are out there.
Also given that he could be comparing a patched XP v *out of the box* linux box. I suppose there is not enough information about the default config. of the Linux box to really compare.
jason at jcorcoran.net
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