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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lemur2
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2007-02-17

These things happen with all software but the repository distribution method continues to have a low (nearly nothing) case history of such issues; especially compared to other software distribution methods.


Just to be clear ... the repository distribution system has a perfect record. Exactly nothing has ever happened, in terms of malware getting on to end users systems. This particular trojan incident had nothing at all do with the repository distribution system.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

So, how many times are you going to ignore Gentoo then? It got into the distribution. It got into the Gentoo repositories. It got onto end user machines if they installed UnrealIRCd from the Gentoo repositories. More importantly, Gentoo had the fixed package available pretty much immediately after fixed source was available from UnrealIRCd.

I'll agree fully that repository distribution has the most solid history so far but let's not be deluded and seriously say "never has happened, never will happen".

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

So, how many times are you going to ignore Gentoo then? It got into the distribution. It got into the Gentoo repositories. It got onto end user machines if they installed UnrealIRCd from the Gentoo repositories. More importantly, Gentoo had the fixed package available pretty much immediately after fixed source was available from UnrealIRCd.

I'll agree fully that repository distribution has the most solid history so far but let's not be deluded and seriously say "never has happened, never will happen".


I didn't know about that. Wow. I'm flabbergasted. Gentoo hasn't read security 101 then? They got an unsigned binary tarball from a server somewhere, and put it in their repositories? The very act that is an absolute no-no? Gentoo users downloaded and installed it?

Really? That is almost beyond belief. Staggering.

I'm reminded once again of a quote from a German playwright/poet by the name of Friedrich Schiller:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Schiller

"Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain." (Talbot, in: The Maid of Orleans)

Edited 2010-06-16 12:32 UTC

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chris_l Member since:
2010-02-14

So, how many times are you going to ignore Gentoo then? It got into the distribution. It got into the Gentoo repositories. It got onto end user machines if they installed UnrealIRCd from the Gentoo repositories. More importantly, Gentoo had the fixed package available pretty much immediately after fixed source was available from UnrealIRCd.


Dude, Gentoo is basically garbage. No one with more than one active brain cell takes it seriously.

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