[AntiVirus + Ubuntu] was - Re: And another Ubuntu convert!

Mario Vukelic mario.vukelic at dantian.org
Fri Jan 23 19:04:29 UTC 2009

On Fri, 2009-01-23 at 08:11 -0500, Bart Silverstrim wrote:
> So to speak, SSH can be an insertion vector. It allows remote access to 
> your computer. Otherwise we wouldn't have automated attacks on SSH.


> A remote user can gain access via SSH, from there elevate privileges, 
> and attack the computer system.

Yes, that's theoretically possible. However, such an attack will in all
likelihood not allow a virus to actually spread in any meaningful way.
If it does, then, as I said, we'd have a bigger problem since it would
mean that ssh is systematically vulnerable.

None of this has anything to do with the capabilities of current (and
any probable future) AV software.


> I find it funny...though I shouldn't...to think of a cartoon where 
> someone spends all this time ripping hair out hardening their system 
> against malware...only to have a thief steal the hard drive.

Or delete all their files in $USER, etc.

> Let's change the arguments to the merits of encrypting volumes!

No argument there to be had from me :)

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