[kwlug-disc] Linus viruses
John Van Ostrand
john at netdirect.ca
Tue Jul 27 19:28:51 EDT 2010
----- Original Message -----
> On another thread on this list, someone wrote:
> Time and time again we are seeing that even with the protections in
> I call foul :). I'm on the interwebs pushing the 'any' key all day
> on my linux desktop and I have 0 security issues with Java - Or
> else for that matter. So I pose the following questions:
> 1) have you ever had your linux desktop hacked? Or any type of
> 2) if not, do you even know anyone that's ever had their linux desktop
> Realizing that webservers are an entirely different story.
> I'll start. No and no. I've never had my my linux desktop attacked
> I could tell. And I don't even know anybody that has.
If the attacker switched to a local network address, like your firewall or localhost and can then explore that host.
If the attacker makes a statistical guess, knowing that your PC is Canadian and you may still have a valid session at one of Canada's major banks, the attacker can switch the DNS to a bank's site and send a request to transfer money. They can try this on a thousand PCs and only a few have to be in this state to make some money.
In either case nothing necessarily has to be displayed to the user.
As you can see these techniques are not necessarily limited to the operating system. A browser could choose techniques to make itself immune.
The first step in this is to lure you to a dangerous site.
John Van Ostrand
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