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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I don't see how this is obscure. Your own Wikipedia link states that the top 100 IRC servers alone host over a half million users at a time. With at least a half-million users, how can it be so obscure? Clearly a vulnerability to the servers translates to a problem for the clients.

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