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[3]: Don't need anti-virus?
by WereCatf on Tue 22nd Jun 2010 02:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Don't need anti-virus?"
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echo alias sudo='sudo do bad stuff >/dev/null 2>&1;sudo' >>~/.bashrc

I agree with pretty much everything else you said though. Malicious people that want in don't necessarily need in "right now", they wait patiently for it.

In order for that to work the malware app in question would either have to be root in order to put the fake sudo in a location mentioned in $PATH, or it would have to place it somewhere in the user's own home directory and modify $PATH.

The problem? Well, atleast some distros use the Tomoyo/SELinux framework to disable running applications from the user's own home directory if they have the same name as a common system application, and sudo often belongs in that list.

Some shell providers even completely disable the ability for one to run executable code from the home directories or /tmp and it might actually be a good idea for home-user oriented distros too; a common home user does not have the need to execute stuff from their home directory, they'll most likely just install what they need system-wide using the package manager. Executing stuff from your own home dir is more likely a power-user feature, including programmers et al, not Joe Sixpack.

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