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Re: Dumb users spread viruses

  • From: Niels Bakker
  • Date: Mon Feb 09 11:23:53 2004

>> Uneducated users should live with the slowness [caused by a virus
>> scanner].  It's protecting the rest of the world from their blissful
>> ignorance.

* [email protected] (Paul Vixie) [Mon 09 Feb 2004, 16:30 CET]:
> if it protected them or anybody else i'd say you were right, but since it's
> a pattern matcher it always takes 2 to 24 hours for a new pattern file to
> be developed and distributed after a new worm is released.  why even bother?

Because we're all still seeing Slammer, Nimda etc. infections occur.

> it's as if not knowing how the fuel injectors work on my car could make it
> blow up on the freeway.  we'd blame the manufacturer, not the driver, right?

Can a driver reach the fuel injector controls during normal operation of
the vehicle?  Ignorance of operation needn't always pose an acute danger.

	-- Niels.