Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Is Linux desktop secure

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Poland
    Posts
    1,970

    Default Is Linux desktop secure

    I know that most people on this forum know everything that is written in the article but I think it's worth a read or as a reference to give your friends why antivirus is not needed on Linux.
    http://www.datamation.com/open-sourc...-secure-1.html
    Best regards,
    Greg

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    1,035

    Default Re: Is Linux desktop secure

    Quote Originally Posted by glistwan View Post
    I know that most people on this forum know everything that is written in the article but I think it's worth a read or as a reference to give your friends why antivirus is not needed on Linux.
    http://www.datamation.com/open-sourc...-secure-1.html
    I was reading this article a couple hours ago. Please kick me in my back but I didn't see the advice to block out root login. Can spare you a lot of problems.


    Passwords? Reading at the same time: Crackin WiFi WPA/WPA2 passwords.

    Regards
    I'm shameless like others in the forum -was I to any help or made sense? If yes: click the on the star below to the left. Written whit a ;-) in my eye.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    West Yorkshire, UK
    Posts
    3,620

    Default Re: Is Linux desktop secure

    A desktop is only as secure as the humans using it. Even though Linux has far more protection built in or available for users than other desktops, if the humans using it choose to ignore the available protection, it ceases to be secure.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Poland
    Posts
    1,970

    Default Re: Is Linux desktop secure

    Quote Originally Posted by jonte1 View Post
    I was reading this article a couple hours ago. Please kick me in my back but I didn't see the advice to block out root login. Can spare you a lot of problems.
    Yep I didn't see that very good advice in the article as well. Anyway I never said this is the perfect and only one true article on ultimate security
    Best regards,
    Greg

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Ardrishaig, Argyll. Scotland UK - GMT/BST
    Posts
    36,859
    Blog Entries
    20

    Default Re: Is Linux desktop secure

    Quote Originally Posted by glistwan View Post
    I know that most people on this forum know everything that is written in the article but I think it's worth a read or as a reference to give your friends why antivirus is not needed on Linux.
    http://www.datamation.com/open-sourc...-secure-1.html

    I too firmly believe that the user is largely the problem with most invasive issues on any machine, be it Linux, Windows or other...
    There is simply no substitute (or security software) that can counter the actions of a complete imbecile - and there are plenty of them.
    As Linux rises in popularity it will surely face more threats
    It's Microsoft's monopoly like foothold that makes it a target

    But I do believe Linux offers a inherently more secure system, particularly if you adhere to commonly accepted safe practices.
    Tumbleweed_KDE
    My Articles Was I any help? If yes: Click the star below

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    1,035

    Default Re: Is Linux desktop secure

    Quote Originally Posted by glistwan View Post
    Yep I didn't see that very good advice in the article as well. Anyway I never said this is the perfect and only one true article on ultimate security
    Dzién dobry!

    I still have a 3.5" floppy (I_will_not_tell.nlm)left from Novell times in my desktop drawer. Reset adm password. I have also been helped by when stepped in more recent OS's of SuSE..

    Win? If I have psychical access to the HW I solve it quite fast.

    Maybe Ubuntu is safer using the policy of sudo. Got me annoyed the first time I was asked to solve problems there.

    Yes! I'm perfect .


    Regards
    I'm shameless like others in the forum -was I to any help or made sense? If yes: click the on the star below to the left. Written whit a ;-) in my eye.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    1,035

    Default Re: Is Linux desktop secure

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    I too firmly believe that the user is largely the problem with most invasive issues on any machine, be it Linux, Windows or other...
    There is simply no substitute (or security software) that can counter the actions of a complete imbecile - and there are plenty of them.
    As Linux rises in popularity it will surely face more threats
    It's Microsoft's monopoly like foothold that makes it a target

    But I do believe Linux offers a inherently more secure system, particularly if you adhere to commonly accepted safe practices.
    It is my understanding that avatars are personal and chosen by.
    The user is not the problem. Using a given choice. Blame the developers instead. imbecile?

    Oh yes I'm perfect in every mm I kick my *** 2x .

    Regards
    Last edited by hcvv; 19-May-2014 at 05:24. Reason: not allowed expression removed/link removed
    I'm shameless like others in the forum -was I to any help or made sense? If yes: click the on the star below to the left. Written whit a ;-) in my eye.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    Canadiana
    Posts
    461

    Default Re: Is Linux desktop secure

    What I did to make my desktop more secure (without getting to the point where it was annoying to use) was read the documentation on activedoc . Its a great read and does explain what many of the fancy sounding options in YaST actually do. In fact I downloaded the pdf versions and keep them on my system and removable media because I like it that much. Obviously at the end of the day, I am probably the weakest link on the system and if I open all my ports and start running random binaries from the internet its my fault not the computers.

    openSUSE Leap (42.1) 64 bit
    Plasma 5.4

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    1,825
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: Is Linux desktop secure

    One of the things that annoys me with *buntu's is their use of sudo. Sudo, if set up right, can be very useful. However, they use sudo for the admin and user account. One password to rule them all. I see this as a fatal flaw. I like the Gentoo philosophy because you get to setit up the way you want it. You have absolute control. This can be both good and bad. A misconfigured service can make the system vulnerable. But then in Gentoo, it's all about studying and implementation. I learned a lot from Gentoo. There were two things in Gentoo that drove me away. 1) couldn't get pipelight to work. 2) installing/updates takes a loooooooooooong time, and it's resource intensive. Now you can set a niceness to it. You can also do parallel downloads and installs, to move things along. I had mine set to four parallel downloads and installs.

    The trouble with binary distros is that they decide for you what gets installed and what services are enabled. You might get to have some say in the matter, but not much. Let's say you have an amd motherboard and an ATI graphics card. Now with binary distros, they install intell, vesa, ati, nuevea (However you spell that thing). All of these are not necessary. You really only need Xorg and the ati driver. Also with binary distros, they enable nearly everything in the kernel. This makes the kernel configurable to almost any hardware, but it also makes the kernel bloated and activates services not needed. Now, of course you can recompile the kernel yourself, and narrow it down a bit. Linux, like a power tool, is only as good as the one who uses it. You can make it crazy secure, or you can make it as insecure as Windows or even worse. Knowledge is the key.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________
    Don't ask "if" something can be done, for it can always be done. Rather instead ask "How" can it be done.

  10. #10

    Default Re: Is Linux desktop secure

    Quote Originally Posted by john_hudson View Post
    A desktop is only as secure as the humans using it. Even though Linux has far more protection built in or available for users than other desktops, if the humans using it choose to ignore the available protection, it ceases to be secure.
    End of thread, forum, intarwebz, Earth, Solar System, Milky Way and ****ing Yooniverce.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •