Linked by David Adams on Mon 6th Oct 2003 19:34 UTC
Bugs & Viruses It's an oft-repeated maxim that one of the reasons that Windows operating systems are plagued by so many viruses, worms, and security exploits is because they are so popular. Extrapolating on this, many have remarked that if Linux, MacOS, or other OSes become more popular, they will attract the attention of virus writers. That may be true, but the increased attention will not necessarily yield the same quantity of viruses and other exploits, says a Register article. Update: Rebuttal article.
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RE: RE: Well
by Drill Sgt on Mon 6th Oct 2003 21:22 UTC

"By default, a user must have root priveledges to access all ports under 1024, SMTP is port 25."

As well by default every user can send email by default, which I believe was the point. It is extremely easy to send mass emails from the command line, on Linux anyway.

That said, something would still have to execute the process. Lets not forget the fiasco with the disguised mp3 that deleted the files from the persons home directory. "Playing" that mp3 executed the code. Could be done for email as well, but again it would only effect the single user, not the whole machine.