walts at magma.ca
Thu Sep 1 18:38:28 EDT 2005
Not quite as powerful or as virulent as the Windows variety. They only
run with the power of the user invoking them (e.g. "walt", "named",
"postfix", "apache", "xfs", "pcap", "ntp", "daemon" or "root" on my
system at the moment) (well, the same is true on Windows, but the
"invoking user" is often Administrator (Windowsspeak for "root")).
With all the bad publicity Microsoft gets over viruses, trojans, etc,
I have to wonder why they wouldn't have a secret programming group
TRYING to write a virus for Linux.
Quoting Andy Civil <andycivil at hotpop.com>:
> Since Jean-Francois just reminded me that such a thing as Linux viruses
> exist... is there a general FAQ anywhere about them? You see, I like to
> be a Linux advocate, and one of the issues that people identify with is
> viruses - but I might meet a know-it-all one day (you know, "ah but the
> very first worm was a unix worm...") and so I should know about the
> extent and infection mechanism of what's out there. All I remember was
> that there was an issue with an unpatched version of Apache a couple of
> years ago.
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