BadBunny? Only if you invite it in
Posted Jun 14, 2007 7:11 UTC (Thu) by beejaybee
Parent article: BadBunny? Only if you invite it in
"The balance between security and new features is always tricky, but when trying to compete against an established market leader, sometimes the features have to win."
Sorry, guys, the vast majority of users of office suite software are not security minded - they undoubtedly will click through viruses if the promised "benefit" is big enough, especially when they're working on corporate systems that they're not responsible for cleaning up after malware infestation.
Put a revolver with all chambers loaded with live rounds into a typical office suite user's hand, tell them that if they point it at their head and pull the trigger they'll see a picture of Paris Hilton/Brad Pitt naked (according to sexual orientation) and most of them will happily smear their brains over the wall.
Dangerous features need to be kept out of the hands of those who are not properly trained to avoid their misuse. That accounts for well over 90% of office suite users, even those running linux.
"In the end, if users are going to blindly click through any kind of warning, any reasonable level of security is impossible. This is true no matter what operating system, web browser or office suite is used."
Indeed. It would be a huge pity if features which are not needed by a large majority of OOo users are allowed to damage the security reputation of linux. OOo is far too bloated anyway, slimming it down by removing infrequently used and dangerous features would do it no harm at all.
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