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The point is about escalation. Regardless of the habits described, even the use of Unix, none of those prevent malware from exploiting a vulnerability to escalate its privileges. I would also like to point out that rootkits originated on Unix. As far as out of the blue attacks go, how many port scans have occurred on your system? I've been to perfectly ...


There is one major category of home haedening that you missed, at least in part. 'Vectors downloaded by the user' is a huge category. It is the most used attack vector today. A lot of attacks don't require any user interaction to run. See drive by downloads for an example. While you are correct that safe browsing habbits are a good way to address this ...

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