A nasty local kernel vulnerability
Posted Feb 26, 2013 19:38 UTC (Tue) by khim
In reply to: A nasty local kernel vulnerability
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The problem with thinking someone is "the boy the cries wolf" (independently of the truthiness) is that eventually the wolf comes (it always does).
Sure, but how much harm does it make? People have learned to live with all the trojans, viruses and other, more benign, crapware on their systems. They know they lose some money from the crashes and periodic reinstalls but as long as this amount if less then the amount you need to spend to keep your system bullet-proof it's wise investment.
That's what people like PaXTeam and Spender can't understand at all: most people accept the fact that their computers are vulnerable as matter of fact, not something to cry about. After all their homes are vulnerable (few of us live in castles with three redundant layers of walls), their cars are vulnerable (just sprinkle the car with some millet where there are lots of birds and watch how $$$ body is destroyed), etc. Some level of security is desirable, of course (we have locks in our homes and cars), but it's all relative. For Joe Average the question is not "can someone attack me", but "how much it'll likely to cost me if I'll not go and spend days patching this vulnerability". Answers from PaXTeam and Spender are absolutely unhelpful and thus the default "risk is obviously still quite low" answer is assumed.
That, and getting all red in the face when shit hits the fan, eh?
Well, nobody likes pickpockets and people become angry when they are robbed by them but it does not mean they will use locked down safe to carry their couple of $10 bills next time.
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