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Thread: Carelessness busts Linux security

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    leofelix is offline Member
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    Default Carelessness busts Linux security

    Malware has been found hidden inside an innocuous 'waterfall' screensaver .deb file made available on popular artwork sharing site Gnome-Look.org.
    The .deb file installs a script with elevated privileges designed to perform a DDoS attack as well as keep itself updated via downloads.

    The dodgy screensaver in question has since been removed from gnome-look and this incident was a very basic, if potentially successful, attempt.

    If anything this incident highlights the need to be careful what you download and where you download it from.
    more: OMG! UBUNTU!: Malware Hidden Inside Screensaver On Gnome-Look




    No operating system can ever properly protect a computer from trojans as long as users continue to do silly things. Just because Linux is immune to your standard drive-by viruses it does not mean that it can escape trojan horses.


    http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/12...-vulnerabilit/

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    Great article.
    I'm messing around with Linux distro a lot.

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    The waterfall screansaver has been around for a long time and I seem to remember back in 1998 being warned about one habouring a virus. This seems to be a variant of that. However, the point that you make about no OS being safe is the most important, those who knock Windows should remember that.

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    Several Linux distributors are releasing updated kernel packages to close security holes in the kernel.....

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