June 15, 2021

Can a God-level developer like Linus Torvalds also do hacking like most of this subreddit is about or does it take different skills?

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  • #391294

    Faro1991

    Because making something and breaking it are two different mindsets. Of course he’s gonna know the mechanisms behind attacks and bugs. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s interested in (re)producing them in foreign systems.

  • #391295

    kjarkr

    I think we all tend to do what we like. The stuff that keeps you awake.

    I don’t know what makes Linus tick, but I’m assuming it’s not hacking as he hasn’t been very vocal about it. And he is pretty vocal about everything he does. So I don’t think he lacks the knowledge, but he might just not find it interesting. And you need an interest to convert knowledge into skill.

  • #391296

    TechnoThegn

    Also. Hacking (red team cyber security) can use programing. But it’s not fully programming focuses. A lot of it just system manipulation, hence the the term hacking. Trying to make things do something they’re not intended to do, often times the end user does this unknowingly or because they find a work around something that annoys them or whatever.

  • #391293

    anonymous
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    I am just a junior web developer working with javascript and not with hard-core languages like C so asking you guys because I’m confused if it takes some different skills than the ability to create a system as complex as linux to break or exploit the said system?
    Apologies if it’s a stupid question but I just couldn’t think of why can’t linus hack if he understands memory leaks/buffer overflows, security and OSes at such a low level.

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