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Old 01-07-2006, 05:46 PM   #1
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Is there spyware removal software for linux?


Hi,

I've been trying to find spyware removal software for linux but I haven't had any luck. Anyone know if there is any? Is linux safe from spyware as it is?

thanks
 
Old 01-07-2006, 05:51 PM   #2
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Spyware has not yet been written for Linux - so you are safe.
 
Old 01-07-2006, 06:32 PM   #3
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Most of the invasive "spyware" is thwarted, even for Windows, if you are running as a "non-Administrator" (in Linux, non-root) userID. As you always should be.
 
Old 01-08-2006, 06:16 AM   #4
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lately i've been using chkrootkit and rkhunter to check for rootkits.
 
Old 12-10-2014, 12:48 AM   #5
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Since 2006 has any spyware or malware been written for Linux?
 
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Old 12-10-2014, 09:02 AM   #6
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Since 2006 has any spyware or malware been written for Linux?
Found this yesterday, and frankly, I'm concerned.
 
Old 12-10-2014, 09:40 AM   #7
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Since 2006 has any spyware or malware been written for Linux?
Yes, it's called Ubuntu (in particular, Unity).
 
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Old 12-10-2014, 09:55 AM   #8
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Is there spyware removal software for linux?

Not to hijack the thread but does anyone know of any that are able to be run on Linux for use on a Windows partition? Just think it could be a handy addition to the toolbox.
 
Old 12-10-2014, 03:56 PM   #9
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Jim Dandy old thread.

There are three basic issues the present security threats. One is external threats like rootkit, spyway and malware. Two is faulty programs. Some very very trusted apps have been found since 2006 to have major flaws. Lastly is how the system is configured. Most distro's have gone away from being totally open running on root. Still many are left quite open on many fronts.


Most security firms simply rely on the age old reload entire OS from known good sources.
 
Old 12-10-2014, 04:10 PM   #10
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Hi,

I've been trying to find spyware removal software for linux but I haven't had any luck. Anyone know if there is any? Is linux safe from spyware as it is?

thanks
Hello.

The best security is called a Linux user!

E.g: Ad\script\block; FirewallD; http://trinityhome.org/Home/index.ph...g=en&locale=en has some tools,,, &c...

Best wishes and have fun.

:Edits.

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Old 12-10-2014, 04:16 PM   #11
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Found this yesterday, and frankly, I'm concerned.
Not terribly concerned.

1. you have to manually install it.
2. you have to run it as root.

As I understand it, this malware requires access to raw sockets. That is not available to the average user, thus it doesn't work.
 
Old 12-10-2014, 04:25 PM   #12
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put it this way

if a REAL person with a fare amount of experience can see your networked computer
then ALL BETS ARE OFF

it WILL be pwn'ed !!!!!!!

that is if a person WANTS to go the the trouble of doing it

for a home system and you ARE NOT !!! a head of state ( or like)

this is a lot of work for no to little reward
 
Old 12-10-2014, 04:56 PM   #13
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The internet is spyware in itself
 
Old 12-10-2014, 05:04 PM   #14
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Personally I'm most afraid of firmware backdoors. I.e. a HDD firmware can be maliciously modified in a way that it hijacks the bootloader execution upon boot and patches the kernel appropriately to enable concealed backdoor access. It can also hide itself by making it look like the HDD contains unmodified boot sector (embedded area) when the user tries to verify the integrity. It's impossible to get rid of by formatting and reinstalling the OS.

Sources:
http://spritesmods.com/?art=hddhack
https://www.ibr.cs.tu-bs.de/users/ku...rs/acsac13.pdf
 
Old 12-10-2014, 07:33 PM   #15
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I use clamav and rkhunter and both have found jack sh!t on my linux system over the years. Spyware and malware is very, very rare in linux.

Linux users are probably more concerned with security bugs more than spyware/malware. For example, the recent bash exploit flaw.

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