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Re: [opensuse] Who said Linux doesnot get Virus infections
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Aug 2007 11:27:55 -0400
  • Message-id: <46B88F7B.1000608@xxxxxxxxxx>
Hans van der Merwe wrote:

And...  desktop users install all kinds of insane apps - when desktop
linux is popular - more apps will appear - increasing the risk of
installing a malicious one.

Any malware capable of causing significant damage i.e. beyond the users files etc., will require root privileges. This requires deliberate action, unlike in Windows, where simply going to the wrong website or openning tainted email is all it takes. No one can make the claim Linux or any other OS is invulnerable, but there's a world of difference between it and Windows, that has nothing to do with the number of users. If popularity were the criteria, please explain why Apache on Linux or Unix or even Apache on Windows makes for a far more secure web site than IIS on Windows. IIRC, Apache on Linux/Unix is at least 75% of the web servers.

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