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Subject: Re: Spam vs. viruses
From: J C Lawrence <claw @ kanga . nu>
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 18:32:57 -0800
To: Rich Kulawiec <rsk @ gsp . org>
Cc: list-managers @ greatcircle . com
In-reply-to: Message from Rich Kulawiec <rsk @ gsp . org> of "Sun, 23 Feb 2003 21:11:05 EST." <20030224021105 . GA4073 @ gsp . org>
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On Sun, 23 Feb 2003 21:11:05 -0500 
Rich Kulawiec <rsk @
 gsp .
 org> wrote:

> However, I didn't specifically mention Linux (preferring OpenBSD
> myself).  I do note, however, that (a) the last time a
> Unix/Linux-based virus/worm had significant operational impact on the
> Internet was November 3, 1988, and (b) a key component in its
> propagation (sendmail) still enjoys quite a large market share to this
> day, even though postfix, exim, etc. have eroded it somewhat.

Which ignores the point.  Such viral operations require large
monoculture populations to be created, and to survive, and further, no
matter what happens with OS popularity the power curve laws define that
one will be overwhelmingly popular and thus a ready host and market for
such attacks and exploits.

-- 
J C Lawrence                
---------(*)                Satan, oscillate my metallic sonatas. 
claw @
 kanga .
 nu               He lived as a devil, eh?		  
http://www.kanga.nu/~claw/  Evil is a name of a foeman, as I live.


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