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Old 12-11-2007, 08:49 AM   #1
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Can Thunderbird put Viruses in a Email ??


Can Thunderbird inject viruses into a email before it sends ?
I have a friend who has a Fedora box that's sending out viruses or so says Norton Antivirus software.
He receives these emails from other people, ($Windows Users, he is the only one using Linux, besides me)and Forwards them on to others.
 
Old 12-11-2007, 09:00 AM   #2
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I suspect that these emails could already have been infected before they reached your friend. On a a Linux machine, the viruses may go undetected and have no effect since the viruses will work only on Windows. When they are forwarded to Windows users, antivirus scanners may detect them. This is why some people suggest that you run a virus scanner on Linux if you share files or email with Windows users.
 
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Since they can only be run by $Windows I can't understand how they can be injected by Thunderbird or Linux.
What virus checker can I download for Linux, Fedora
Thanks for your help.
 
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AVG do a free virus scanner for Linux - http://free.grisoft.com/doc/5390/us/frt/0?prd=afl - it has packages for Debian, RedHat, Suse & Mandriva. I haven't tried the Linux version, but I run the Windows version on all the Win2K & Xp boxes I support.

There is also ClamAV which comes with a number of current distros. It also has packages for various distros - http://www.clamav.org/download/packages/packages-linux
 
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Since they can only be run by $Windows I can't understand how they can be injected by Thunderbird or Linux.
What virus checker can I download for Linux, Fedora
Thanks for your help.
Thunderbird and Linux do not inject anything. If the emails already came with viruses, then they will be just passed on regardless of which email client you are using and the OS.
 
  


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