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Computer Science department - Mostly Unix
Authored by: PeteVerdon on May 07, '05 07:15:10PM

Used to be half Suns and half Linux, but the quirky old Sun machines with the nice keyboards have been taken away and replaced with boring homogenous Linux boxes. There's still a few big Sun servers churning away, including the one that I use for remote logins, but they're apparently due to be replaced to turn us into a pure-penguin shop.

The secretaries have Macs.

The swipe-card door access apparently runs on a 486 with Windows, but I'm ignoring that.

Pete



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Computer Science department - Mostly Unix
Authored by: inemo on May 10, '05 05:57:51AM

It is secure to run the swipe card on windows?

What happens if it gets a virus or hacked...



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Computer Science department - Mostly Unix
Authored by: PeteVerdon on May 10, '05 08:49:39AM

I assume that the door-access machine is not connected to the network. There's no reason that it should be, and an air-gap is the best anti-virus of all.

Even if it were connected, cracking attempts and virus attacks from outside the department are highly unlikely to work, since we're behind rather more than a PC World home DSL router here. Plus, and this is the most important factor, there are no other Windows machines in the department to take part in their usual incestuous exchange of viruses, hence avoiding what Douglas Henke describes as the "fatal error of setting up a network where one WormOS box can route packets to another without severely restrictive filtering (implemented on something written by grown-ups) in between."

Pete



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