Linked by Igor Ljubuncic on Mon 21st Jun 2010 09:35 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption I've bored the readers of my personal website to death with two rather prosaic articles debating the Linux security model, in direct relation to Windows and associated claims of wondrous infections and lacks thereof. However, I haven't yet discussed even a single program that you can use on your Linux machine to gauge your security. For my inaugural article for OSNews, I'll leave the conceptual stuff behind, and focus on specific vectors of security, within the world of reason and moderation that I've created and show you how you can bolster a healthy strategy with some tactical polish, namely software.
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RE: Don't need anti-virus?
by lemur2 on Wed 23rd Jun 2010 04:27 UTC in reply to "Don't need anti-virus?"
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This is true up to a point. I'd bet most linux users install stuff from outside the repositories, and besides we've already seen examples of mirrors, and even source code being maliciously modified.


Correction: We have seen a few examples of mirrors where someone hacked into a machine, but no distributed software was altered because of that. Just lately, we saw one example of an obscure source code tarball being replaced on some mirrors by a trojaned version. Fortunately this affected the repositories of only two know distributions, Arch and Gentoo, both of which are minor distributions.

It is unlikely that as many as a dozen systems were ever infected by any of this activity.

BTW: I personally install very litlle software from outside the repositories. Why would I? Debian repositories contain over 25,000 packages. There is very little outside that you would actually need.

If we are going to try to scope the problem, lets try to keep it real. Compare this real-world scope for malware infection of Linux systems to the estimated 50% of Windows machines that are infected (perhaps 200 million machines or more) ... that gives it some perspective.

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