Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Mon 14th Jun 2010 23:58 UTC
Bugs & Viruses Recently, the Linux version of UnrealIRCd was discovered to have had a Trojan worm its way into the source code. Even more embarrassing for the developers of Unreal is that the Trojan's been holding open the backdoor in the source code since November of 2009-- not very recently. And, of course, bloggers and press in general are taking the opportunity of another breach in Linux security to point out doomsday devices that don't really exist.
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RE: Comment by lemur2
by WorknMan on Tue 15th Jun 2010 05:02 UTC in reply to "Comment by lemur2"
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Use the distribution repositories via your package manager, and you will have no such problems. This incident is yet another illustration of this.


And people keep bitching because Apple won't open up the iPhone/iPad to allow for installing apps from outside sources. But I say, be careful for what you wish for ...

Insofar as Linux goes, it's easy to say that a platform is secure when you just tell people that, to stay secure, you gotta stick to the applications supplied to you by the Distro Gods. And in the case of Linux, as we have seen here, it is even more dangerous to venture outside the sandbox of the distro repository, since any douchebag can screw with the source, recompile it, and offer it on some random server. Better hope whoever downloads it knows about PGP.

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