[24hoursupport] Re: bogus email from Microsoft

  • From: Fuzzy Logic <fuzzman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: 24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2003 21:21:47 -0400 (EDT)

Most of the Linux-targeted things aren't locally executed, but attack
using buffer overflows and the like.  Very few viruses/worms/trojans are
scripting type, or are locally executed.  It's not so much that it's
harded to cause trouble with a Linux box, just that fewer people try to do
it.  I'm speaking as a Linux sysadmin for several machines on multiple

BTW, 'virii' is incorrect.  Virus (from Latin) is a neuter nown and has no
plural, so the plural (in English) is 'viruses.'

Quidquid Latine dictum sit, altum videtur.
Si hoc legere scis, nimium eruditionis habes.
Vir sapit qui pauca loquitur.
Cras amet qui numquam amavit, quique amavit cras plus amet.
Uno itinere non potest perveniri ad tam grande secretum.

On Mon, 22 Sep 2003, Wyatt M. Portendt wrote:

> None of the Microsoft targeted virii and most script virii won't work in
> Linux.  If a virus does get executed, it can't attack system files unless
> given root permissions.  Users don't log in as root as a rule, so the virus
> has no system files to infect.  Linux can be infected, but it's a *lot*
> harder.
> On Sunday 21 September 2003 15:44, you wrote:
> > Wait.... you can open email under Linux and not get infected? Does it work
> > that way for most viruses?
> >
> > Robert

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