Reader Feedback On Mad Dog 21/21: In Hack Signo Vinces
July 18, 2011 Timothy Prickett Morgan
The opening statement about IBM‘s site being hacked is semi-interesting but has nothing to do with the iSeries. The only people hosting Web sites on the iSeries are us, the iSeries customers, certainly not IBM.
The info given is good–never can have enough info about security–but has nothing to do with the hack, or preventing the hack. The IBM i operating system and the PowerPC instruction set eliminate most hack gambits. DB2 usage eliminates another class of gambits based on SQL Server. What’s left is lame Web page programming that allows SQL injection or cross-site scripting, has nothing to do with the OS, and mostly is just passed through to visitors like a parasite.
All in all, this article could have been used to tout the superior security and performance of the iSeries over especially Windows and also Linux on Intel, which are where systems are broke into and data stolen, money stolen, personal info stolen, government info stolen, where every failure of security on the internet takes place.
But not on the System i. Secure serving on the System i. That should be the message.