Corey Burger corey.burger at
Wed May 9 15:51:10 UTC 2007

On 5/9/07, Donald &/or Mila Trombley <donmila at> wrote:
> Just out of curiosity, does linux suffer from Viruses like Windows does,
> since both operate on similar Processors?

Viruses exploit software issues, not hardware ones (although
exploiting a hardware bug is possible, merely very hard and thus not a
very attractive target). In addition, the fragmentation of Linux makes
it a very unattractive target for virus writers. Remember, they are
aiming for massive impact. In the end, there have been a few proof of
concept viruses and at least one in the wild more than 10 years ago,
but nothing like the current Windows crop.


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