Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on January 28, 2005 08:03 AM
Get real. What makes you think that if everyone was running Linux systems, there could ever be a monoculture like Windows?
While I can run the same applications on all my Linux machines, no two machines are alike in the critical ways a virus needs them to be alike. No two machines are running the same kernel or the same modules.
You can't take down the system or 0wn it unless you can affect the core system. The most you could do is affect a single application, but that won't let anyone 0wn the machine, be able to capture keystrokes, or any of the things that happens on Windows systems. All it does is mess up the single application (solved by a decent backup schedule).
In addition, Apache (Linux) is on a much higher share of the server population than Windows IIS, yet it is Windows IIS that is successfully (and routinely) attacked.
Face it, folks. Windows gets attacked because it is easy to attack -- the crew at Redmond did the hardest part of the job themselves by putting in all the backdoors and ensuring that all win32 systems are (under the skin they cosmetically change to dupe people into buying the next release) exactly alike.
Even in DOS days when WordStar and WordPerfect held all the market share and hardly anyone was using Word, it was Word that had all the viruses. Like thousands of them. WordStar had zero viruses. Duh.