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Old 09-20-2007, 03:55 PM   #1
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Linux viruses


Ok, since I'm slowly falling in love with Linux... I figured I'd come to the community with a question on a rumor I've heard about Linux....

Rumor:
There are no viruses that will affect a Linux-based system.

Ok community, is this rumor true or false. And no, I'm not trying to find a virus, I was just curious for my future security of systems.

THANKS ALL!!!
 
Old 09-20-2007, 04:02 PM   #2
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...mputer_viruses
 
Old 09-20-2007, 04:04 PM   #3
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Hey thank you for the info, very much appreciated.
 
Old 09-20-2007, 04:10 PM   #4
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There are other basic things you can do to help secure your system, like use a firewall, stop all non-needed services, don't allow remote root login, use a program like Bastille to find vulnerabilities, etc.
 
Old 09-20-2007, 05:50 PM   #5
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. . . . I think most of the virus listed were only written to prove that they actually could be anyway.
 
Old 09-20-2007, 06:50 PM   #6
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most of those viruses listed on wikipedia are from a few years ago or more
 
Old 09-20-2007, 07:51 PM   #7
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I may be naive & I sure know little of linux, but I use no av or firewall on my linux rigs. I haven't been infected yet. I have 2 on mepis & 2 on fedora7. They're running 24/7. Folding at home & used for email & web surfing.
 
Old 09-20-2007, 08:36 PM   #8
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I'd go with not having heard of any 'in the wild viruses' on Linux in yrs.
You might want to ask a moderator to move this qn to the Security forum for more informed responses, or just have a search through there yourself.
Of course, as the Wiki points out, worms are a different qn ....
 
Old 09-23-2007, 05:10 AM   #9
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The reasons why viruses aren't much of a problem on Linux systems (at least at the moment) are discussed at some detail for example here:

http://librenix.com/?inode=21

http://linuxmafia.com/~rick/faq/index.php?page=virus

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