Linux Distros lack any basic security (including the Linux kernel)…most users have either been duped or actually believe their own ‘Baloney’ about “how secure Linux is.” Window 10 is a ‘thousand times’ more secure than any Linux Distro. I’ll be adding this post to the *Linux Security Issues* page. Firmware is just one of many weak links in Linux, with Ubuntu LTS probably the most up-to-date on firmware…however, 99% of the other Distros may not even know what firmware is … or they’re one of the duped users … or their breath reeks of their own ‘Baloney.’
What is firmware? If you use a computer, then firmware is all over it, all in it and all around it; however, even if you don’t know what firmware is, all the hackers do. I am far from being an expert…here are some answers to what Firmware is:
In computing, firmware is a specific class of computer software that provides the low-level control for a device’s specific hardware. Firmware can either provide a standardized operating environment for more complex device software (allowing more hardware-independence), or, for less complex devices, act as the device’s complete operating system, performing all control, monitoring and data manipulation functions. Typical examples of devices containing firmware are embedded systems, consumer appliances, computers, computer peripherals, and others. Almost all electronic devices beyond the simplest contain some firmware.
More on Firmware:
Firmware is a small piece of software that makes hardware work and do what its manufacturer intended it to do. It consists of programs written by software developers to make hardware devices “tick.” Without firmware, most of the electronic devices we use daily wouldn’t be able to work. They would not do anything.
OK…what is the difference between Firmware and Software?
The main difference between firmware and software is that the firmware is a special type of software that helps to a control device’s hardware while a software is a collection of instructions that tells the computer to perform a specific task.
Do you use a router, and if so, did you know it had firmware? Many of us have updated our TV, DVD ‘n Blu-ray’s firmware, but have you ever updated the firmware in that router?
Many of the most popular home routers available to buy today feature a worrying number of security flaws and vulnerabilities, new research has found.
Many routers were found to never have received a single security firmware update in their lifetime, despite the risk that this could pose to users at home and at work, and were vulnerable to hundreds of well-known security issues.
“Numerous routers have passwords that are either well known or simple to crack – or else they have hard-coded credentials that users cannot change.”
FKIE found that almost all (90%) of the routers were running some form of Linux operating system, however the manufacturers were failing to update this software with the latest patches and fixes, leaving the devices open to attack.
Well, I guess you can blame the “vendors” if someone steals your passwords … or blame the “vendors” for those nude photos that were recently published on the internet (if you use that camera stuff), or maybe start checking to see if your router’s firmware is at least up-to-date.