: yet another linux antivirus fairytale
On Fri, 13 Apr 2012 08:41:21 +0200, Raffaele Morelli wrote:
Hi.. please, turn html off, thanks.
> an italian newspaper has published an article about security risks and
> virus related issues on mac osx and obviously linux is cited.
> In the article the author states: "[...] First myth: There are no
> viruses for Mac. In the mythology of fans, the "Big Apple" operating
> system would be so solid that it can not be broken. False: Any operating
> system is vulnerable to viruses. Linux users are so well aware about
> that they use security software. [...]"
And that stanza is rapidly becoming more valid as time goes by. And
indeed, Linux users use a lot of "security" software, starting from
iptables (embedded in the kernel) and ending to intrusion/rootkit
> Another quote: "[...] the only Mac immune to viruses, ironically, are
> those who have installed Microsoft software such as Word and Excel.
Which does not seem to be the case for the Flashback malware which
punched a security flaw found at the JRE, patched by Oracle but not
available for the users from the usual update channel until recently.
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