security of the universe repository

Chandra Amarasingham camarasingham at
Thu Dec 20 08:28:19 UTC 2012

Thanks Ric,

I have experienced selinux before and thought it complex and wondered if there were less complex tools which would report on what is changing on a system, files added, changed, etc, on a regular basis...

--- On Thu, 20/12/12, Ric Moore <wayward4now at> wrote:

From: Ric Moore <wayward4now at>
Subject: Re: security of the universe repository
To: "Ubuntu user technical support, not for general discussions" <ubuntu-users at>
Received: Thursday, 20 December, 2012, 3:13 PM

On 12/19/2012 09:58 PM, Chandra Amarasingham wrote:
> Thanks Amichai,
> I had browse through that link as well as searched around the internet
> again...I found this link
> The last sentence seems to imply that the Main repository does get more
> attention (perhaps significantly more) attention from ubuntu.  I would
> like to see an anti-virus (anti-malware, I don't know these terms well)
> program included in Main, that way there is some protection from other
> sources....I would think that it makes sense for Anti-virus to be part
> of the "base" system.

Knock on wood, I haven't had the need since the 9 floppy Slackware days. Paying attention to firewalling is the Linux biggie... virus's not. Fear the script kiddies trying to gain root access instead.

If you're overly concerned you can turn on all sorts of file protection schemes. SELinux was developed with the assistance of the NSA. Give that a whirl, it's in the repos. If someone intrudes on your machine, jackboots and Dobermans are automatically airlifted by black helicopters to beat their brains out, while delivering them to a cell at Gitmo, bruised and bleeding. Windows has nothing like that... we have the cool toys. <cackles> Ric

-- My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
"There are two Great Sins in the world...
..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.

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