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Good malware hunting for Linux

Postby jungar on Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:56 am

hi guys,

Im new to linux, and i just read this article. what do you guys think? should i install it to protect my laptop from malware and other problems?

http://www.linux.com/feature/128450
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Re: Good malware hunting for Linux

Postby Fred on Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:41 am

jungar,

As the situation exists today, I honestly don't think it is necessary for a Linux desktop that is not being used as a server, is not online 24/7 and is on DHCP instead of a static ip.

I have sane rules in iptables, (Linux equivalent to Windows firewalls), but nothing else. In approximately 10 years of Linux use I have never had a problem.

Having said that, I see no reason not to check your system once in a while, if it makes you feel more comfortable.

The most important thing is to develop good operating habits. Don't run your system as root. Only go into root to perform tasks that require it, then return to your user account. Be reasonable about where you download programs from. Use only reputable repos and other sources. Installing .deb files from your brother's neighbor's cousin's friend, is a very bad idea. Always check the md5 sum against the one on the program developers site when downloading an individual file.

Good luck,

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Re: Good malware hunting for Linux

Postby miltonjohn on Tue Apr 29, 2008 2:31 am

have a look to guarddog

rkhunter and clamav!
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Re: Good malware hunting for Linux

Postby bobpur on Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:12 am

Maybe your linux machine can't get a virus but that doesn't mean that it can't be a "carrier." The virus laden e-mail that you got, that didn't phase your machine, could wreck your friends new (Windows) quad core beauty. Imagine, wrecking your honey's computer.
For this reason alone should a good anti-malware program be used. You can still pass it on.
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Re: Good malware hunting for Linux

Postby MagnusB on Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:19 am

bobpur wrote:Maybe your linux machine can't get a virus but that doesn't mean that it can't be a "carrier." The virus laden e-mail that you got, that didn't phase your machine, could wreck your friends new (Windows) quad core beauty. Imagine, wrecking your honey's computer.
For this reason alone should a good anti-malware program be used. You can still pass it on.

This is an extremely hypothetical situation, and I find the probability for this to occur ridiculously low:
1. You need to get an email containing a virus and forward it, meaning it has to contain something you find worth forwarding. How many virus infected emails would you have forwarded?
2. For a Windows machine to get infected, it either needs AV to be disabled (if so, you deserve to get infected), or the virus isn't in the AV database, meaning your own scanner probably won't find it either.
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Re: Good malware hunting for Linux

Postby jungar on Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:03 am

great posts guys.. this is good stuff.. for all newbies.. im learning a lot just reading your posts

cheers

p.s - is there such a thing as Formatting your Linux? as in Formatting your Windows .... Im not saying im gonna do it any time soon, i just wanna know how im supposed to do it.

many thanks

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