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horned0wl

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Ubuntu Linux, Java Based Trojans and Avast!
« on: August 29, 2007, 07:41:46 AM »
Hi Folks;

There seem to be a number of folk both here and in the Ubuntu forums, swearing to the heavens that Linux is completely safe from viral and trojan attacks.  That may indeed be the case.  However, a key element for running scripts is not: Java.

Java's used everywhere, across multiple platforms, and is as open to attack as is windoze!

Don't believe me?  Visit a couple of "questionable" sites, I dunno -- porn, warez, gamer sites, or even MySpace, on your Linux OS system, and then run Avast!  I guarantee it'll snag Blackbox and ByteVerify, just to name two out of 6 I found...

Thanks be to the crew who put the Linux version(s) together.  Downloading and installing it was well worth my time.

Now though, if they could only bring the functionality up to parity with the windoze version...  I'd be in heaven...

Cheers;

Ed

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Re: Ubuntu Linux, Java Based Trojans and Avast!
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2007, 03:34:51 AM »
While that is true, practicing safe computer habits in any OS will cut down on your chances.  It also helps if you are not hard headed and think about things for a couple of seconds, the whole "Linux doesn't get virus" thing only applies if you are careful of what you do with it, Not going to questionable sites, not staying in root more than you have to (If allowed by your distro), don't install programs from unknown sources, and being careful about using Wine.  If these simple steps are done daily then your Linux box will stay clean and your only need for any anti virus program will be for scanning Windows, Emails, or set up with Simba.

I do agree with you, it would be nice if the Linux version was up to par with the windows port.

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Re: Ubuntu Linux, Java Based Trojans and Avast!
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2007, 03:56:13 AM »
I do agree with you, it would be nice if the Linux version was up to par with the windows port.
Me too. A resident protection won't be bad. Unfortunately, it's only available in server version.
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Re: Ubuntu Linux, Java Based Trojans and Avast!
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2007, 11:59:33 PM »


Don't believe me?  Visit a couple of "questionable" sites, I dunno -- porn, warez, gamer sites, or even MySpace, on your Linux OS system, and then run Avast!  I guarantee it'll snag Blackbox and ByteVerify, just to name two out of 6 I found...




Hi, maybe I'm wrong but aren't these windows malware that goes nowhere in linux?