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Thread: Viruses on linux?

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    Viruses on linux?

    are there any viruses in linux? and are they dangerous, even when ran by user? And how can i protect myself from them?


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    Senior Member gore's Avatar
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    Oct 2002
    There are virii in Linux

    Don't run as root unless you need too

    I've never seen one in the last 2 years of using it.

    You'll see a Windows update that doesn't need a reboot before you would a Linux virii.

    They are rare as crap, but not impossible, but you need to screw up a little more to actually find one.

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    Just Another Geek
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    Re: Viruses on linux?

    Originally posted here by DutchGeek
    are there any viruses in linux?
    Yes, there are.. http://vil.nai.com and search for linux..
    and are they dangerous, even when ran by user?
    Just as dangerous as any other virus for any other OS... Do note that eventhough it might need some privileges to get it started the next time your box reboots, it doesn't need any privileges to be a nuisance to the rest of the Internet.. Just like you don't need to be root to email someone, so does a virus/worm..
    And how can i protect myself from them?
    Don't run anything from untrusted sources and don't think "I'm running Linux so I'm safe"...
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    Leftie Linux Lover the_JinX's Avatar
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    To quote myself:
    Originally posted here by the_JinX
    On Linux and BSD, I don't use Anti Virus for anything but mail scanning..

    I do run chkrootkit and rkhunter on a daily basis.. (cron) And get mailed if any mallware gets in..
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