Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Intarwebs "red" and "green" zones?

  1. #1
    meatbags detected Reputation: 1553 Rob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Soviet Canuckistan
    Posts
    6,087

    Default Intarwebs "red" and "green" zones?

    Saw this a few mins ago...something interesting worth sharing I thought. Excerpt below, link to full article below that:

    One of the reasons that Zittrain puts forward for the growing popularity of closed or, as he prefers 'tethered', devices, is that they are less vulnerable to hacking, security flaws, malware and all the other perils that face any internet-enabled system.

    But he sees great dangers in allowing the creative potential of our computers to be limited by the need to register programs with companies like Apple, or have Microsoft's approval before your software will run on Windows.

    One of his more interesting suggestions is that our PCs and laptops should have two operating modes: red and green. In the green zone the system is locked down, only approved programs can run, only demonstrably safe traffic is sent and received, and safety is as assured as it can be.

    The red zone is more like today's network, where you can download and run pretty much any software you like, but you run the risk that the movie file you found on BitTorrent is actually carrying a nasty little virus.

    Users could then decide whether they want to work in the safe zone or go out onto the wider network. And, crucially, the red zone would have a 'restore' button that would wipe anything bad and return you to its initial state so you could recover from any infection.
    Linky

  2. #2
    Dishonorably Discharged Reputation: 1795 Maxey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    7,966

    Default Re: Intarwebs "red" and "green" zones?

    Surely virus makers would quickly find a way to circumvent the restore measure.

  3. #3
    Gooooooood plutonium! Reputation: 608 Cheeto's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    The Tardis
    Posts
    6,458

    Default Re: Intarwebs "red" and "green" zones?

    Again with the over-categorization of things. The best way to keep people from fucking their computer up is education. "This is a virus scanner, it keeps your computer from catching the clap. You on the other hand, should get tested." Most of the big security flaws we're seeing here will be shaken out over the next couple of generations of people since more and more will have been raised from birth to know computers.
    "Well to be honest, after years of smoking and drinking, you do sometimes look at yourself and think, you know, just sometimes between that first cigarette with coffee in the morning to that 400th glass of corner shop piss at 3AM, you do sometimes look at yourself and think...this is fantastic." - Bernard Black

  4. #4
    Convinced of the Hex Reputation: 23 EMBAR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Akron, OH
    Posts
    193

    Default Re: Intarwebs "red" and "green" zones?

    And, crucially, the red zone would have a 'restore' button that would wipe anything bad and return you to its initial state so you could recover from any infection.
    This made me laugh. It's about as impossible as licking your own elbow.

    As has been said, most infections today stem from people not understanding how to use their computer and anti-virus software.

  5. #5
    Senior Member Reputation: 10
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    109

    Default Re: Intarwebs "red" and "green" zones?

    The green zone is probably about as safe as Baghdad's.

  6. #6
    Gooooooood plutonium! Reputation: 608 Cheeto's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    The Tardis
    Posts
    6,458

    Default Re: Intarwebs "red" and "green" zones?

    "A roadside spam bomb exploded today, spraying viagra, nigerian royalty, and drunk chix with dix all over the super-highway tubes. Three old ladies and an elementary school class were seriously owned in the attack. Meanwhile MOARtar attacks continue to rain down inside the U.S. server farm, bringing it a grinding halt. Attackers were heard to cry 'Allahuadmiralackbar!'"
    "Well to be honest, after years of smoking and drinking, you do sometimes look at yourself and think, you know, just sometimes between that first cigarette with coffee in the morning to that 400th glass of corner shop piss at 3AM, you do sometimes look at yourself and think...this is fantastic." - Bernard Black

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •