Saturday, December 31, 2005

Imagining a secure OS

I have a dream... the following will happen on or before January 1, 2010.

Bill Gates (or Linus) takes the stage, and announces a new Secure operating system. He talks about it's features, how much work it took, etc., etc. Then he does something which would currently be insane... he challenges the world to crash the machine...

He explains that to demonstrate the security of this new OS, they will run ANY program you care to submit to it via the internet, with no questions asked, and report back the results. If you do happen to manage to crash it, you'll get $1000,000, and your 15 minutes of fame.

The site goes live at the demo, and keeps running for years...

And we never worry about applications taking out the OS again.

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