Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Feb 2006 22:41 UTC
Bugs & Viruses Security watchers say the Kama Sutra worm, which is programmed to overwrite files on infected Windows PCs today, will have a damaging but not catastrophic effect. The Kama Sutra worm (or Nyxem-E or Blackworm) poses as an email message offering a variety of salacious content. Subject lines used in the malicious emails include: The Best Videoclip Ever, Fw: SeX.mpg, Miss Lebanon 2006 and Fuckin Kama Sutra pics. The worm, which can also spread across network shares, only affects Windows PCs.
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RE[5]: Too bad eh..
by raboof on Sat 4th Feb 2006 09:34 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Too bad eh.."
raboof
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2005-07-24

I have seen some people set up there systems so that users can run programs from their /home. This is VERY bad practice, and destroys one of the defenses Linux has over malware.

This is a trade-off. I like to be able to install things local to my homedir, without becoming root, so i'm sure the installation procedure doesn't mess with the stable part of my system.

Also, though not allowing executables in homedirs is a possibly layer of defense, it's not a very strong one. If an exploit can write a malicious file, it can probably also append something to your .bashrc, for instance.

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