Fear of a Linux virus
Posted Apr 13, 2006 5:05 UTC (Thu) by JoeBuck
In reply to: Fear of a Linux virus
Parent article: Fear of a Linux virus
Of course. But the virus companies offer a "round up the usual suspects" approach. Instead of closing security holes, they want to detect the specific programs that attack the holes. As soon as someone makes a new one, everyone is vulnerable until the virus companies upgrade their patterns, and this forces all the users of the anti-virus software to keep buying the service, so they get the upgrades. It is the wrong way to secure systems.
The right way, when a vulnerability is found, is to patch the vulnerability, so that no possible malware can exploit it. If this isn't possible right away, it is sometimes possible to offer other defenses. But trying to recognize malware is not the right approach.
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