Linux virus plague coming?

By Derek Sooman on October 12, 2005, 5:30 PM
Linux users beware - your world may not stay virus free for long! Malware experts Grisoft have predicted that it is "only a matter of time" before Linux becomes widely targeted by virus and malware writers. With enterprise Linux applications growing rapidly, it may be only a short time before we start seeing virus attacks specifically targeted at Linux systems. Grisoft are seemingly preparing the first commercially developed Linux antivirus product to be available free for Linux users.

"Grisoft is one of the first mainstream antivirus vendors to have started a whole new division dedicated to Linux protection." - Michael Foreman, a partner at AVG UK.




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genericuser100 said:
Oh, please.Credibilty factor = ZEROYes all platforms have exploits, but *NIX system have very little in the way of "remote program install and execute" Called OUTLOOK.Oh, wait there is one UNIX virus that works. Here it is : YOU HAVE NOW RECEIVED THE UNIX VIRUSThis virus works on the honor system:If you're running a variant of Unix or Linux, please forward this message to everyone you know and delete a bunch of your files at random.Thank you.
DragonMaster said:
Hehehe. If you have wine installed you need an AV.
Malibu Stacey said:
[b]Originally posted by genericuser100:[/b][quote]Oh, please.Credibilty factor = ZEROYes all platforms have exploits, but *NIX system have very little in the way of "remote program install and execute" Called OUTLOOK.Oh, wait there is one UNIX virus that works. Here it is : YOU HAVE NOW RECEIVED THE UNIX VIRUSThis virus works on the honor system:If you're running a variant of Unix or Linux, please forward this message to everyone you know and delete a bunch of your files at random.Thank you.[/quote]Nice little bubble you live in. You might want to step into the real world once in a while.
vrrivaro said:
[b]Originally posted by Malibu Stacey:[/b][quote][b]Originally posted by genericuser100:[/b][quote]Oh, please.Credibilty factor = ZEROYes all platforms have exploits, but *NIX system have very little in the way of "remote program install and execute" Called OUTLOOK.Oh, wait there is one UNIX virus that works. Here it is : YOU HAVE NOW RECEIVED THE UNIX VIRUSThis virus works on the honor system:If you're running a variant of Unix or Linux, please forward this message to everyone you know and delete a bunch of your files at random.Thank you.[/quote]Nice little bubble you live in. You might want to step into the real world once in a while.[/quote]He doen't live in any bubble. That is called a social virus, and he just released it. Is a fairly inofesive one, because nobody will obey it ...Unless, of course, it is telling [quote]if you do email me to everybody in your addressbook such and such good things will happen to you, but if you don't such and such terrible things will come upon you, you freaking little pervert.[/quote]Now, the kind of people who make this kind of FUDish announcement (Linux is not as virus populated as windoze, just wait till it becomes popular) are forgetting the fact that Linux (and other Unix like boxes) are more popular than Windows on the server. Apache alone has 60% of the web [b]server[/b] marketshare (last time I checked). True, 20% of Apaches are idiotically running in Windows, but there are other web servers around, most run on Un*x ONLY or TOO, and the 40% of non-Apache boxes run avery other web server under the sun.So, if you ever visited a web site, chances are you used Un*x software to serve you that page. Yet, how many Un*x viruses are there? Yeah, I remember to have heard about the big Internet worm, a huge worm that once crippled the entire Internet and brought a it to halt, as Unix (more precisely, VAX) machines where infected during the days pre WWW. I was a huge hackerish accomplishment, and it kept on being talked about for years. But it happened [b]once[/b], and no more, period, end of discussion.To sum it up, Un*x are today as allways the server side king by far, yet the hoards of crackers prefer to break into Windows becuase it is so much easier. Even when by cracking the server, you could infect many more clients.I said this announcement was simply FUD, FUD by whom you ask? Simple, AVG, McAfee, Norton, and the like. Un*x security threatens their income source, so they defend themselves. In Spanish we have a saying that claims: he fights like a cat with the belly up.Yes, they release antiviruses for Un*x, and their are usefull. The likes of Samba, Postfix, Sendmail, Mailman, and other such beasts are their main target. Why? These antiviruses are simply there to protect thte poor old Windows machines that are likely to be the clients.
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