A more secure OS with latest browser and/or kernel version?

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A more secure OS with latest browser and/or kernel version?

Postby francois » 27 Feb 2017, 00:32

I am looking for your expertise concerning security.

Would your porteus installation be more secure with the latest chrome or firefox browser?
And what about adding up the latest kernel?

Opinions but even more facts on these two topics would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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Re: A more secure OS with latest browser and/or kernel versi

Postby donald » 27 Feb 2017, 02:35

hi francois
be more secure with the latest chrome or firefox browser?

In general...yes,..and no.
They might fix known security flaws but will also (most likely) introduce
new ones.

However, it is superfluous to talk about browser security as long as users
are willing to use almost-certainly-insecure flash plugins.

rest assured they have the average 5 CVE's per line of code,
you know, that is Adobe coding standards ...

A large step towards security is to disable javaScript
Personally i use the Pale Moon browser + an add-on called "js switch"
which has only one function (button)..to toggle javaScript on/off.
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Re: A more secure OS with latest browser and/or kernel versi

Postby Evan » 27 Feb 2017, 07:19

The only practical way i've found so far to have an up to date live disk with security patches is to use something Debian/Ubuntu based with Refracta tools.

So for example you Install Linux Mint 18 to a hardrive, set it up exactly how you want it with all your drivers and the latest updates then install Refracta tools and convert your HDD install into a Live disk ISO.

http://refracta.freeforums.org/linux-mi ... 81-30.html

Page 4 onwards.

Then every couple of weeks boot the hardrive and let Mint install all of the latest security updates , applications and browsers and then again convert it to to a new ISO and write it to USB.

It only takes 10 minutes for refracta tools to produce a new image but the downside is a large 2GB ISO , though a full desktop as a Live Image works a lot better than you may think apart from it chewing through ram. :)
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Re: A more secure OS with latest browser and/or kernel versi

Postby Bogomips » 27 Feb 2017, 16:45

donald wrote:A large step towards security is to disable javaScript
Personally i use the Pale Moon browser + an add-on called "js switch"
which has only one function (button)..to toggle javaScript on/off.
Been using some other toggler on Light and 64 bit., but no toggler on 32 bit. Just installed JsSw, so we're now on the same page. :D One other addon which had been using a while back, lost track of, and found recently is Disallow javascript on current tab. Does not easily show on addons search. Handy if absolutely cannot do without javascript for a certain site, by disallowing on all other tabs.
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