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Postby flukee on Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:03 am

hello people! iv been searching around the net and have heard that there are quite a lot of viruses for Linux(though no were near as much as for ms!) soo i have a question, have any of you ever been infected by a virus on your linux boxes and also could some one please tell me which linux viruses are the most dangerous and abundant. thanks in advance.
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Postby ibm450 on Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:14 am

ok, this is cool, cant wait to hear what they are...
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Re: viruses?!?

Postby rob2uk on Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:16 am

Where exactly did you hear that?

Yes, there are Linux virii, but they were created as a proof of concept and totally failed to spread outside of /home
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Re: viruses?!?

Postby Lantesh on Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:20 am

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Re: viruses?!?

Postby rob2uk on Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:57 am

Which exactly why you have to enter a password before you do anything with a remote possibility of being dangerous...
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Postby 900i on Sat Nov 28, 2009 6:18 am

flukee wrote:hello people! iv been searching around the net and have heard that there are quite a lot of viruses for Linux(though no were near as much as for ms!) soo i have a question, have any of you ever been infected by a virus on your linux boxes and also could some one please tell me which linux viruses are the most dangerous and abundant. thanks in advance.


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Re: viruses?!?

Postby Dean on Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:17 am

been running Linux for a couple years now with no virus protection, and no virus infections. There are a little more then 40 known viruses for Linux, most of which where developed in testing environments, and none of which have caused wide spread damage. That is compared to Microsoft's 100,000 plus viruses, 100's of which have caused wide spread damage. Simply put, Linux is way more secure and chances are if you ever did get affected, its because you gave a virus permission to do so.
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Postby lagagnon on Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:22 am

flukee wrote:hello people! iv been searching around the net and have heard that there are quite a lot of viruses for Linux(though no were near as much as for ms!)


That statement is blatantly false. Please tell us what websites you were visiting.

Methinks I smell a troll....
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Re: viruses?!?

Postby Amos on Sat Nov 28, 2009 11:17 am

I too posted a thread about virus but was more about best way to do things and I know my best way of not contracting a virus, at first I felt a bit vulnerable because so many years sitting behind a AV scanner and linux you dont need 1, maybe a few people feel this way too
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Postby ibm450 on Sat Nov 28, 2009 8:45 pm

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Re: viruses?!?

Postby Uncle Spellbinder on Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:12 pm

Good read on Linux Malware. From the Wikipedia page:

The Linux operating system, Unix and other Unix-like computer operating systems are generally regarded as well-protected, though not immune, from computer viruses, compared to Microsoft Windows.

There has not yet been a single widespread Linux malware threat of the type that Microsoft Windows software currently faces; this is commonly attributed to the malware's lack of root access and fast updates to most Linux vulnerabilities.

The number of malicious programs—including viruses, Trojans, and other threats—specifically written for Linux has been on the increase in recent years and more than doubled during 2005 from 422 to 863.
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Re: viruses?!?

Postby flukee on Sun Nov 29, 2009 4:31 am

thanks peeps! i feel alot safer now--linux all da way!lol
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Re: viruses?!?

Postby ibm450 on Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:32 am

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Re: viruses?!?

Postby rob2uk on Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:53 am



Interesting, yes, but it's no more a 'malware package for Linux/UNIX' than Java exploits are.
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