[maemo-users] Nokia device usage

From: John Holmblad jholmblad at acadiasecurenets.com
Date: Wed Mar 11 04:25:54 EET 2009

as you are well aware, a user of a Microsoft Desktop or Server OS is not 
required to use Outlook for email. Mozilla Thunderbird works quite well  
on Microsoft OS's and of course there is Evolution.

I should add that, just as Microsoft has mitigated/eliminated well known 
vulnerabilities in earlier versions of the Microsoft OS's  through the 
release of improved versions of their OS's  including Sever 2003/2008, 
XP SP1/2/3, and Vista and Vista SP1, Microsoft has also 
mitigated/eliminated many vulnerabilities in the components of earlier 
versions of Microsoft Office with the release of Microsoft Office 2007.

Best Regards,


John Holmblad


Acadia Secure Networks, LLC

James Knott wrote:
> kenneth marken wrote:
>>> Bottom line, there are a lot of technical and usage reasons that make it
>>> much harder for malware to attack Linux/Unix.
>> the "big" problem here is that the target for said malware have
>> changed...
>> its no longer about bringing down whole systems. these days its the
>> users data they are after. credit card info, codes of all kinds, and
>> just about anything else.
>> was there not a sweep of ransom attacks where a worm would archive the
>> whole content of the users document dir, and encrypt the archive?
>> leaving a message to send x amount of money to some account for the
>> password?
>> under these situations, read access is more then enough access, most
>> of the time.
>> the only option i can see for the user then is to run every program he
>> tries to make use of online, inside some kind of chroot can. but even
>> thats not perfect.
>> basically, the only really safe option is to yank that plug, and use
>> only home-coded apps...
> Again, it's harder.  In Outlook, for example, a virus attached to an
> email could run as soon as the message was read, without the user having
> to do anything.  For a virus to run in Linux, the user would have to:
> 1) detach the file
> 2) make it executable
> 3) manually run it
> In short, it won't run without the user taking 3 deliberate steps to run it.

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