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Old 05-08-2005, 07:38 AM   #1
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Question Which distro of UNIX/LINUX is the most secure and cracker,virus free ??

I recently hear from people saying that cracker(hacker ?) is more concentrate on unix,linux world now than ever before !!!because market share increase ? or get more popular ........
and everyday there are more virus,trojean,worm,spyware......exist in unix,linux been discover as reporter said...
therefore,i am going to ask you guys about what do you think which unix,linx distro is the most secure,virus free,fail tolas......reliable ???

because nowdays,no one can ever say that unix,linux is the most secure,virus free than any other OS.

I am just interested in this subject !!!no harm to anything....

Old 05-08-2005, 08:44 AM   #2
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You can hack or write a virus for anything. that being said in a unix/linux type privileged environment (when you not root) the virus won't have access to vital system parts because neither do you. that and the fact that most of these kids don't have any skills and just copy the work of others means most of that crap is still made for windows. out of the box you can't say one os is more secure than another but, you can lock a linux system down very tight. When I got my mac it was set up so that my user account had full root privileges; not good for security at all but its easy to fix. If you want lots of security try seLinux it's the result of a research project by the NSA.
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I don't know which planet the reporter comes from. I have not heard of any spyware, trojans, worms or viruses currently running amok in the UNIX/Linux world. There have been proof of concept viruses (mainly developed in the labs), but non that have caused mayhem like in MS Windoze. Crackers tend to use exploits in apps running on UNIX/Linux (and probably install rootkits if they can get the root password), so to make sure you are safe, always use a firewall and keep your servers up to date with security releases. You can also use a tool like chkrootkit to make sure you have not been hacked.

As for which distro is most secure, it depends on your configuration and security settings.

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Old 05-08-2005, 11:25 AM   #4
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Re: Which distro of UNIX/LINUX is the most secure and cracker,virus free ??

Originally posted by pleasehelpme

and everyday there are more virus,trojean,worm,spyware......exist in unix,linux been discover as reporter said...
there is 1 bit of spyware for linux that i have heard of, but it requires the user to manually install and do about 3 or 4 steps for it to work. not what i call effective.

there are roughly 20 viruses for linux and all of them require the user to install and run them.

that being said as long as you do not install something you are not 100% sure you know were it is coming from or going to do to your system and do not run as root you will be fine.

as mentioned above stay behind some kind of firewall (either iptables, or a NAT type router like a Linksys or D-Link, etc.) and keep your system at least updated with security patches and you should have zero problems.


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