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Re: [opensuse] Who said Linux doesnot get Virus infections
- From: Hans van der Merwe <hvdmerwe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 07 Aug 2007 11:30:42 +0200
- Message-id: <1186479042.5385.48.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Tue, 2007-08-07 at 01:15 -0800, John Andersen wrote:
> On Tuesday 07 August 2007, Hans van der Merwe wrote:
> > If/When Linux makes it big-time on the desktop do you think it will also
> > be bogged down with virus attacks as MS is now.
> The reason windows is attacked is because its EASY, not JUST because its
> popular. Believing otherwise is swallowing Microsoft FUD hook line and
> > Why is it assumed that Linux is less prone to virus attacks?
> Because it is. With windows, simply sending you a file can infect
> you. With linux, sending you a file and having you click on it all
> day long STILL does not make it executable.
> > I know to
> > install stuff in the system, root is necessary, but installing and
> > running dangerous stuff in the user home directories is easy; you just
> > need a cunning app to fool the user in executing malicious code.
> Social engineering is always a risk, but with Linux you can even prevent
> against that to a far greater degree than with windows. Egress filtering
> does a lot. But the real protection is that users who are too dumb to
> realized WHY they are being asked to set something executable when all they
> thought they were doing was getting a eCard from a classmate or a bored girl
> are also too dumb to figure out how to set it executable.
> > (given, doing this in Win is easier, but not impossible in any flavour
> > Linux)
> I submit that for all practical purposes it is impossible. Or at the
> very least impractical.
> Evidence: We have been fighting windows viruses and worms tooth
> and nail for Over 10 Years. Wouldn't you thing that would have
> been time enough for some clever virus writer to try and take over
> that very LARGE segment of internet web servers that run on
> various 'nix machines, and which serve as firewalls to vast
> data warehouses?
> Further advances in SE linux make it even less likely in the future.
> Bill would like you to believe its JUST because his OS is popular.
Again, Im only talking about Desktop Linux, not servers - web users dont
have logons, email and web-browsing on arb webservers - so it remains
dumb user proof.
But my main concern is that dumb users usually make up most of the
desktop market out there - and preaching to them that Linux will make
there virus problem go away is setting them up for a fall.
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