One major part of this problem is that Samba was enabled out of the box - I would have expected the eee PC to be set up as a pure client, like Ubuntu Desktop is, i.e. absolutely no open ports for servers. Of course, if ASUS had simply used Ubuntu with minimal customizations on top, they would have had updates for free, as with most other non-embedded distros. It would also be sensible to have a simple firewall installed with a GUI to configure it, to ensure that Samba could only be used (say) within a home LAN. Some sort of safe-mode in which no server ports are allowed would be a good idea as well. However, there also needs to be some awareness on the part of eee PC users that this is a powerful device that must be security updated - more like a full PC than an appliance, but the same is true of any device with a web browser, e.g. most mobile phones these days.
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