Linuxtag.at in Dornbirn, Austria
I just came back from the austrian linuxday. I really enjoyed it
In short: People and inspiration
I got stuck at several booths, especially the Ubuntu booth helped me to learn a lot. I always claimed I am doing a very good job in addressing the needs of normal desktop users with my security-enhancement ideas. But the needs of the people installing Ubuntu on simple user’s computers are very different. The trouble these people have to fix, the security holes the users created by not understanding the concepts are on an even more basic level.
One problem was so simple I first could not grasp it cause I thought to high-level. There seem to be a lot of users who turn to the next person at hand if they have problems with their computer and give them their root password in the hope this user will fix it. This story can end in three different ways:
- The helping person is evil: Bad
- The helping person is incompetent: Bad
- The person is skilled and has good intentions: Good
2 out of 3 is not a good result.
Why think about buffer overflows if the problems out there are so much more basic…
I will tell you as soon as I have an answer to that. If you know the answer, please protect me from the headache I can see already coming and post a comment.