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Which Operating System Would Be More Secure: Win7 Or Slackware Linux?

Postby Lalor » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:57 pm

It depends on certain things.
Are you saying right out of the box after a default install of each OS, or are you saying after being configured by a knowledgeable person? Linux is more secure than Windows, especially after being configured properly.
I would say even straight out of the box, generally Linux is more secure.
Also most hackers seem to be focused on hacking Windows.

Like some people have mentioned, Linux is less targeted than Windows by malware designers, however there are more ways to attack a computer than malware.
The browsers used in Linux, primarily Firefox and Chrome, are generally more secure than Internet Explorer.
IPTables is a better Firewall than Windows Firewall and is more configurable.
Windows has tried to copy the security model for users in Linux with their release of UAC (user account control).
Linux uses sudo which is similar in concept.
Also now, by default Windows administrator account is disabled, but UAC allows a user in the admin group to elevate their permissions "token" to perform admin operations.
The Linux TCP/IP stack has been around longer, has the benefit of the entire open source community contributing to the development, and is time tested.
Linux comes from Unix which was designed in the 60s.
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Which Operating System Would Be More Secure: Win7 Or Slackware Linux?

Postby Beamard » Sat Sep 30, 2017 3:27 am

Slackware Linux due to the fact that there are going to be some distance fewer viruses/malware that target this operating procedure on account that it is a ways much less wellknown than windows. Curb popularity makes it much less of a goal considering it is much less valuable for hackers to compromise an OS with a small userbase as opposed to windows which has a a lot larger userbase.
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Which Operating System Would Be More Secure: Win7 Or Slackware Linux?

Postby McCloud » Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:35 am

Linux (not just Slackware, but most if not all Linux distributions).

99.9% of the threats out there target Windows computers, and won't effect Linux. I switched from Windows to Slackware a year or so ago, and now I don't have to worry about running a firewall or anti-virus or applying security updates every week. There just isn't anything out there targeting Linux.

And if something did get in, what would it do? With Windows there is the very real risk of loosing all of your file and having to reinstall Windows. With Linux at most you would loose the files in your user directory, and it doesn't take ten minutes for me to restore those. No virus can infect your system files because the Linux user doesn't have access to them.

This may change in the future, but not too likely and not very soon. There is no profit in writing viruses and malware for linux, especially when Windows is such a huge and vulnerable target.

Using Windows is like putting up a big sign saying "here I am, hack me!". When you use Linux, the viruses and mal-ware just pass you by.
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Which Operating System Would Be More Secure: Win7 Or Slackware Linux?

Postby Jeremias » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:21 am

Linux based operating systems are by design more secure than Windows systems. The basic reason for this is that all system files are typically protected when a person is running the machine. A person must have the root password and the correct permissions to access and change system files.

So even if a virus is written to attack Linux systems, they usually fail because the user is not running as root, and the system files are protected. About all the attack can do is read and write to the current users directory.

That means almost all Linux attacks take two phases.

1. Infect a user directory and get some type of key logger working. Then get the data from the key logger and see if you can find the root password. Getting a program installed on a Linux box without tripping warnings that alert the user that something is going on is not a trivial exercise. And since each flavor (distro) is just a little different, the attack must be tailored to the distro running on the target box. Then you have to hope that the user you infected with all that work has the root password and uses it, so you can log it, and steal it.

2. Once you have the root password, the hard part is over and you can take over the box and do your dirty deed.

For 99.5% of the virus and malware attacks out there, that is just way too hard. The other .5% are not looking for residential machines. They want professional machines such as banks, financial houses and big companies, where there is enough money to reward all the hard work.

So residential Linux machines are for all intents and purposes immune.

Windows systems, including W7 & W8 continue the Microsoft practice of leaving critical operation system files accessible to all. If you can get access to a Windows box, by any means, be it a false web page, or a corrupted file or a poisoned e-mail, you own the box. The process of taking over the box is so simple, it can, and is, automated. If a Windows computer goes to the wrong place, a simple script can take control of the machine and add it to a botnet in a matter of seconds.

These built in vulnerabilities are the reason the military services have moved all critical functions and networks to Linux. Windows machines are only allowed on unclassified or older systems, where the cost of conversion is too great, and or the system is headed for the scrap heap anyway.

If you are looking for security, Linux wins by a mile
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