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Old 04-02-2004, 01:34 AM   #1
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Hi, please excuse the noobie question, but thats what this forum is here for isnt it. Well I heard that virusses don't work on Linux, and I was thinking why this is so. I mean, why is it not possible to code a program which in some way hamrs the system and moves on?

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Old 04-02-2004, 02:17 AM   #2
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actually there are tons of viruses for linux, people just tell noobies there aren't any so everyone can hack into their system.

there are about 10 recorded viruses for linus (i think), but the key is to not, repeat not run ur box as root

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Old 04-02-2004, 03:20 AM   #3
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where can i get the list of viruses from? is there any thread in here?
Old 04-02-2004, 04:01 AM   #4
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Take a look on this website: You wil be redirected, but that's ok.

And to nick_krym: the truth about viruses is, that the majority of them is written on Linux-systems

Kind regards,

Old 04-02-2004, 05:39 AM   #5
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Part of the issue is also that a lot of virii these days are coded from pre-existent samples and with virus creation toolkits. Most of these are for windows systems.
Personally the only virus problem I have is that so many of them try to mail themselves to my system.
Old 04-02-2004, 08:31 AM   #6
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Linux systems are only few in use (3%) so virus are still not oriented to us.
Another part of the answers is linux is based to share ressources so every user have limited permission. So IF a virus for linux is in your mail box, and IF you open it with you're current user profile, it won't write in your programs directory cause your user profile has'nt got that permission.
Exploiot is always possible, keep you're system up-to-date for security patch.

Then with reasonable care, and a good spam filter, you're quite safe : ) wich is great IMHO

Enjoy life, Marc A
Old 04-02-2004, 09:00 AM   #7
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The main reason I installed a linux server was to get a good grip on spam filtering my email. I'm now running postfix and it's great! Most days I only get about 4 spam messages that leak trough the filters. On an average week it also rejects about 550 virus emails.



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