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A new abuse of the Linux term

A new abuse of the Linux term

Posted Feb 25, 2006 15:26 UTC (Sat) by jake (editor, #205)
In reply to: A new abuse of the Linux term by bignose
Parent article: A new Linux worm

> Linux is the name of a program: an operating system kernel. This is a worm affecting PHP. In what way is this a "Linux worm"?

Well, it is hard to imagine a Linux worm that didn't involve more than just the kernel as services running on top of that kernel are typically what is exploited. This particular worm targetted Linux, it would not run on other systems that were running PHP so it can't really be called a PHP worm ... perhaps Linux/PHP worm?

I personally believe that it is a completely fair characterization to call this a Linux worm, but YMMV ...

jake


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