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Can We Make Operating Systems Reliable and Secure? Print E-mail
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Host Security When was the last time your TV set crashed or implored you to download some emergency software update from the Web? After all, unless it is an ancient set, it is just a computer with a CPU, a big monitor, some analog electronics for decoding radio signals, a couple of peculiar I/O devices—a remote control, a built-in VCR or DVD drive—and a boatload of software in ROM.

This rhetorical question points out a nasty little secret that we in the computer industry do not like to discuss: Why are TV sets, DVD recorders, MP3 players, cell phones, and other software-laden electronic devices reliable and secure but computers are not? Of course there are many "reasons"—computers are flexible, users can change the software, the IT industry is immature, and so on—but as we move to an era in which the vast majority of computer users are nontechnical people, increasingly these seem like lame excuses to them.

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