FreeBSD and User Security
jeffrey at goldmark.org
Wed Jun 11 23:53:21 UTC 2008
[mailed and posted]
On Jun 11, 2008, at 4:03 PM, YANSWBVCG wrote:
> It is my understanding that since 1995 all computers must have a
> hardware back door that permits undetectable access by the
> government to
> the computer. This capability can be implemented using System
> Monitor(Maintenance) Mode which is built into all x86 computers now.
> would appear that, if you are connected to the internet, the
> has access to your computer.
This is not the place to get into this debate, but I think that
someone should state for the record that the vast majority of security
experts would disagree with you.
However, I fully acknowledge that if the National Security Agency or
GCHQ or the like wanted to break into any one of my systems, I'm sure
that they could.
But the question wasn't about making a system that could withstand
something like the NSA but instead about defending against run of the
mill spyware. Switching from Windows to FreeBSD would obviously
improve matters for that kind of attack, but the real answers to the
original question require an understanding of the nature of the
threats and the nature of the counter measures far beyond what was
evident in the question. After all, most spyware is installed with
the users' consent (though the user may not know that it is sypware.)
For just about everyone, I recommend pretty much anything written by
Bruce Schneier. As as start there is his very brief "How to think
about security" essay:
Jeffrey Goldberg http://www.goldmark.org/jeff/
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