Fear of a desktop virus?
Posted Apr 13, 2006 5:04 UTC (Thu) by eru
In reply to: Fear of a Linux virus
Parent article: Fear of a Linux virus
Indeed. I recall reading recently somewhere that most of Windows malware these
days propagates by "social engineering" tricks, not any more by
operating system or application holes. The user is tricked into executing
code from an email or web page, which then can do whatever the user has authority to do, which usually includes sending more copies of the email.
The more Linux
desktops get "Windows-like" automation features (and both Gnome and
KDE keep trying to add them), the more susceptible
Linux becomes to this kind of malware. Technically the OS does not
get infected (kernel, /bin, etc are safe), but the user's desktop
environment could be, meaning whatever he does within it may be
compromized. See the recent LWN discussion here (".desktop files and security")
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