The Ubuntu Experiment

Steve C. Lamb grey at
Thu Jul 31 17:12:31 UTC 2008

On Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 08:04:11PM +0300, Dotan Cohen wrote:
> How does adblockplus prevent virus infections? Does this apply to
> browser exploits as well? Although I use Kubuntu (a relatively secure
> OS), I am aware that Firefox can be compromised. Will adblockplus help
> keep me safe?

    Some of the common vectors for recent exploits on Windows/IE have come
through compromised flash banner ads.  One can throw the baby out with the
bathwater and disable flash completely or one can be a little more fine
grained and disable the flash banner ads while allowing the other flash
content which is probably not going to be compromised.

    Whether that would help on KUbuntu is up for mild debate (probably no
difference) but since I'm the lone Linux user in the house it probably does
some good on their windows boxes.

         Steve C. Lamb         | I'm your priest, I'm your shrink, I'm your
       PGP Key: 1FC01004       | main connection to the switchboard of souls.
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