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Old 02-26-2004, 02:06 AM   #1
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ximian evolution 1.4.5


Hello:

I am running Fedora C1 - with Ximian Evolution 1.4.5

I am curious how this mail prgm handles its attachments (with mal-ware associated them). I have some experience with MS Outlook and Eudora and I have found Ximian comparable in utility, however when a virus/worm etc. is sent to me...how well does this mail program handle those? i.e. does it automatically open (execute) the attachment? Any tips that you all have found/seen with this is greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-26-2004, 03:09 AM   #2
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using linux you don't really need to be worried about things like viruses and stuff unless you are using the administrator's account (root), which should only be used for administrative tasks anyway...

if your machine is properly set-up, you can open your email with real peace of mind...

your mail won't hurt your machine even if it has like 300 windows viruses in it...

i think that the "linux philosophy" includes the concept of being able to open your email without worrying about all hell breaking loose...

=)

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Old 02-26-2004, 10:24 AM   #3
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thanks win32sux for the info and peace of mind....can you elaborate a little more on why there is such confidence in ximian not to execute these apps? I'm not quite clear on this...is it just a matter of the mal-ware being set specifically to execute on windows os's?

thanks

zepp
 
Old 02-27-2004, 11:20 AM   #4
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Originally posted by zepplin611
thanks win32sux for the info and peace of mind....can you elaborate a little more on why there is such confidence in ximian not to execute these apps? I'm not quite clear on this...is it just a matter of the mal-ware being set specifically to execute on windows os's?

thanks

zepp
The reason is just that so far almost every single worm and virus only works on Windows, but not on any other operating systems, as they exploit specific security holes in Windows.
Their (malicious) code simply doesn't work on linux systems, thus no need (yet) for the protection you need when running Windows.
 
  


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