As evidenced by a Linux kernel flaw that resulted in a DoS attack against Akamai, effectively denying access to large sites like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft. Not gloating here, just observing that this demonstrates that all operating systems can be vulnerable to security issues. This also suggests that the “more eyes = more secure” assertion made by open source advocates is perhaps a little overstated. After all, the Linux kernel is probably one of the most read parts of the Linux codebase. If it’s possible to find a flaw in the kernel, what does that say for other parts of the codebase that are not as thouroughly vetted? Again, this is not about trashing Linux, it’s about being clear that security is an issue for everyone, it’s not just a Microsoft problem.
For those of you who might be interested, you may have noticed that on the schedule for my recent MSDN Security Briefing tour, was a stop in Honolulu, Hawaii. I had a great time there, as you might expect, though I did manage to get pretty badly sunburned (that’s what happens when you spend two hours in a futile attempt to teach yourself how to surf, without using any sunscreen). Here’s a couple of photos from the trip:
A Hawaiian rainbow, viewed from the balcony of my room:
Diamond Head, viewed from a surfboard off Waikiki Beach:
First, he helps put ASP.NET on the map. Now, Rob “invents” a term for a common computer malady…let’s give the man some Google juice. J
I've been working a lot lately on my laptop and I use the built-in eraser head mouse pointer; I just cannot stand the touchpad. After too many days my right-index finger will begin to ache -- as it's doing now -- from overuse. So I thought I'd look this condition up and when I didn't find one I decided to invent my own 'condition':
mousepointeritis (mouspointritis) a condition caused by repetitive use of an eraser-head mouse pointer as commonly found on laptops.
The sad part about this is rather putting my laptop down I just switch to a different finger for the mousepointer/eraserhead!
[Rob Howard’s Weblog]