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Re: [vox-tech] Re: OpenBSD and Security
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Re: [vox-tech] Re: OpenBSD and Security

I think Adam answered them.

The idea is, they check the code before adding anything to their canonical
distribution.  So when you enable something (yes -- you enable stuff you
need rather than disable stuff you don't) you can be assured that the code
has been checked for security holes, thus giving one a certain degree of
security no matter how smart or stupid they are.

Linux, on the other hand, we just add anything that has any degree of


On Thu, 12 Apr 2001, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:

> i think you've basically ignored bill's comments (left intact below).
> it's nice that they go line by line.  but how do you address bill's points?
> pete
> On Thu 12 Apr 01, 1:37 AM, Deja User said:
> You should really research OpenBSD if you are interested. They have
> done MAJOR work to secure/harden their system. I read they have
> basically gone line-by-line through the code (and continue to do so)
> to find bugs/insecurities. They have also found many bugs in
> third-party software as a result of their diligence and effort, and
> have contributed these back to the community. They have done a lot of
> hard work, enabling you to get on with the business of serving,
> instead of patching/updating. Since no one can know it all, it is nice
> to know that many have already helped you before you even install the
> system. In this sense, OpenBSD, IMO, is superior out-of-the-box than
> Linux, at least security-wise. However, to each his own. (Trusted
> Solaris!)
> >
> > >Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 23:28:42 -0700
> > >From: Bill Broadley <bill@math.ucdavis.edu>
> > >To: vox-tech@franz.mother.com
> > >Subject: Re: [vox-tech] Re: OpenBSD and Security
> > >Reply-To: vox-tech@franz.mother.com
> > >
> > >What does Openbsd use for DNS?  Maildelivery?  FTP? NTP? ssh?  Or does
> > >the installation not include this functionality and rely on the user
> > >to install them?
> > >
> > >Is it somehow immune to the bugs that have plagued all the popular
> > >distributions?
> > >
> > >Or is it just because of a much smaller user based that nobody notices.
> > >
> > >
> > >--
> > >Bill

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