Posted Apr 10, 2006 8:53 UTC (Mon) by NAR
In reply to: big deal
Parent article: Crossplatform virus - the latest proof of concept
It would never occur to most people who got started off on Windows that it is possible for a platform to be resistant to security threats in the first place.
Yes, it's possible. Theoretically. Well, probably there are actual platforms out there without any exploits in the wild, but who would care to write a virus for VMS, that 10 sites that still use it doesn't justify the effort. I think Linux is still not that widespread to make it a popular target, but I seem to remember a Linux-specific worm reported here at LWN last year. And don't forget that the very first Internet worm was a UNIX-specific one abusing a bug in sendmail... I think it wouldn't be wise to believe that "I'm using Linux, therefore I'm safe".
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