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Old 03-11-2003, 02:02 AM   #1
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Exclamation Sorry for such silly question


I m quite new to linux thats why such a silly question.
Is linux affected by Virus.....?
Old 03-11-2003, 02:18 AM   #2
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While viruses are much _less_ likely to strike a linux system than a Windoze system, it's not outside the realm of possibility. If you are worried about it, you can use IPTables and/or antivirus software. I believe most people who would write a virus either
a) do it to prove how much smarter they are than everyone else, or
b) want to show up _the_man_, or
c) want to cause havok, or
d) want to be famous.
each of these reasons would apply to attacking a Windoze system and a Linux System, but would be much more of a reason for attacking a Linux System. As Linux's popularity grows, I think we will begin to see Linux Viruses.
Old 03-11-2003, 08:16 AM   #3
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At present viruses are not a real threat to Linux. Also it's much easier to secure a Linux system against such exploits.
Old 03-11-2003, 09:10 AM   #4
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Although some claim Linux is more secure than Windows, I don't think that's generally true. However, there are practically no viruses written for Linux, and Linux email clients do not execute arbitrary code in the same way Outlook/IE do on Windows, which is the primary way viruses spread these days


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