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Novatian 11-16-2012 10:44 AM

Ubuntu Studio Security?
 
Would the in the know users tell me if they think Ubuntu Studio is security enhanced? I found Ubuntu is, according to wikipedia. But Ubuntu studio?

I just installed version 12.04.

I want to use it for banking.

Knowledge is appreciated, thanks.

snowpine 11-16-2012 10:54 AM

Security has more to do with the user (you) then the software. Windows can be used securely and Linux can be used insecurely, for example. Furthermore it has a lot to do with your bank. Ubuntu cannot protect you if your bank has predatory policies, whereas if your bank has a fraud department and actively protects you, that's better security than any operating system/browser can provide. So get on the phone and call your bank and ask THEM "what are you doing to protect me from online fraud?" not some strangers on an internet forum! ;)

That being said, here is a good introduction to security in Ubuntu, and all topics apply equally to Ubuntu Studio (which is simply Ubuntu with preinstalled audio/video applications):

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=510812

Personally, I do online banking all the time in Linux. I use my Firefox's Private Browsing feature, though I won't insist that is strictly necessary.

tommcd 11-17-2012 04:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Novatian (Post 4830863)
Would the in the know users tell me if they think Ubuntu Studio is security enhanced? I found Ubuntu is, according to wikipedia. But Ubuntu studio?
I just installed version 12.04.
I want to use it for banking.

Just out of curiosity, why would you think that Ubuntu Studio would have better security than the standard Ubuntu?
Ubuntu Studio is for music and media creation. It has no more or less security built into it than a standard Ubuntu install.

If you want to use Ubuntu for banking, you could just run Ubuntu from the live CD. Every time you boot the live CD it is loaded into memory in it's pristine state. No malware could be installed onto a live CD boot that would persist for the next boot so far as I know.

There are a number of Linux distros that are designed for security and penetration testing if you are interested in this:
http://www.junauza.com/2011/01/netwo...x-distros.html
Some of them are based on Ubuntu.

jefro 11-17-2012 12:35 PM

It would be much less secure by it's very additions.

The OS may have issues but each and every file you add on increases the odds that the system will be more easily hacked. Some very old programs still have issues.

Novatian 11-18-2012 04:14 AM

I see, the additions are a weakness, I chose Ubuntu Studio for making videos and using it for banking would just be convenient. I suspected the makers took Ubuntu and removed it's security features.

cascade9 11-18-2012 04:56 AM

Sure, having more software does create more possible security problems. If you're really worried about the amount of software and hence possible secutiry problems though, ubuntu in general is a pretty bad idea.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Novatian (Post 4831873)
I suspected the makers took Ubuntu and removed it's security features.

I dont know where you got that from.....

Ubuntu studio does have the same basic security as stardand ubuntu. The only difference is that security updates (and bugfixes) can be a little slower with ubuntu studio that standard ubuntu (as 'Security and bugfix updates for Ubuntu Studio are provided by the Ubuntu Studio Team and Community').

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuStudio/12.04release_notes

snowpine 11-18-2012 06:29 AM

How does installing, say, a MIDI drum machine appliction make online banking with Firefox less secure? I really don't understand this argument... please clarify and help me to understand. :)


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