basic - continued

Knapp magick.crow at
Sun Feb 7 06:30:50 UTC 2010

On Sat, Feb 6, 2010 at 10:58 PM, Rashkae <ubuntu at> wrote:
> Knapp wrote:
>> You need su to do it. There are no viruses that work with Linux but
>> you can fool the user into being stupid and letting a trojan into the
>> system. The basic trojan then needs to find a way to upgrade itself
>> from user to super user. It can do this by fooling the user again or
>> perhaps by running a piece of software with a known weakness that will
>> then force the system to give out su access. It is not easy but it can
>> be done. Many companies have given out prizes to anyone that could
>> break their system because they thought it was not possible only to
>> have to pay off the prize.
> Woa there, I'm all for Linux is more secure and all that, but that's
> just plain false information.  Admittedly, in the age of automatic
> updates, self propagating worms and virii are not seen as often, but
> what do you think all those hundreds of megabytes of Security updates
> are for?  (speaking as someone who *has* been rooted over net by a
> Apache worm several lifetimes ago)
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What there is false?

Douglas E Knapp

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