Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Apr 2006 21:17 UTC
Bugs & Viruses Virus researchers at Kaspersky Lab have found proof-of-concept code for a cross-platform virus capable of infecting both Windows and Linux systems. In an alert posted to Viruslist, Kaspersky said the sample virus has been given a dual name - Virus.Linux.Bi.a/ Virus.Win32.Bi.a - and highlighted the way attackers are targeting multiple platforms in malware attacks. "The virus doesn't have any practical application," the company said in the alert. "It's classic proof-of-concept code, written to show that it is possible to create a cross-platform virus."
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by SmallPotato on Tue 11th Apr 2006 01:54 UTC
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2006-01-16

One of the reason why viruses are so popular on Windows is because many users run Windows as Administrators instead of limited users. Every application launched by those users, including the viruses, run with Administrator privilege and can do anything.

On the contrary, most Linux users run their systems traditionally with a limited user account, and only perform administrative works with root account through su or using sudo.

So what happens when the virus is run as a limited user? I think it can create some damage to the users home directory. But can it infect the system so badly as on Windows?

I think it is time to see how useful limited user accounts are on Linux platforms.

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