Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Apr 2006 17:37 UTC, submitted by Mark
Linux "In GNU/Linux, file access is restricted. Users don't necessarily have the same rights when it comes to deleting, executing or even reading files. In fact, every file contain data such as its owner, its permissions and other information which defines exactly what can be done with it, and by whom."
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RE[2]: a recommended read
by captain_knobjockey on Thu 6th Apr 2006 07:58 UTC
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clearly you did not comprehend the article. what raver31 was saying, was that people on here automatically think that when linux gets as many users as windows, then it will get the same amount of malware,
however, as the article plainly shows, there is the file permission "defenses" that it has to get around first.

do some research first buddy

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RE[3]: a recommended read
by Soulbender on Thu 6th Apr 2006 09:36 in reply to "RE[2]: a recommended read"
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"as the article plainly shows, there is the file permission "defenses" that it has to get around first."

It's not a defense again spyware or viruses. Please try to understand the issues at hand. While file system permissions is a perfectly working defense against users modifying or accessing files they have no business with, it does not provide a defense against spyware or certain kind of viruses.
You see, not all malware is designed to screw up your box, it would be counter-productive for them. What they want is just to be able to run an application, any application, as an unprivilieged user, ie as you. They just sit unnoticed in the background, relaying huge amounts of spam or participating in botnets. Wrecking your box by screwing with system files would only draw unnecessary attention to their existance.

Edited 2006-04-06 09:37

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RE[4]: a recommended read
by jaboua on Thu 6th Apr 2006 13:38 in reply to "RE[3]: a recommended read"
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Well... A virus is something that infects the system and screws it up...

But malware may have a hard time as well, if it's left without executable permissions.

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