[kwlug-disc] Linux viruses [was: Linus viruses]

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Tue Jul 27 22:13:53 EDT 2010

On Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 9:59 PM, Chris Irwin <chris at chrisirwin.ca> wrote:

> On Tue, 2010-07-27 at 20:50 -0400, Kyle Spaans wrote:
> > You've got me there. Mostly I was posting that link because it's an
> > interesting read and to show that there are least people thinking
> > about this kind of thing. It certainly does _not_ help my (admittedly
> > devil's advocate) argument much. :-)
> Here's a common vector that could be used for Ubuntu:
> "Hey everybody, I just made updated firefox/pidgin/etc packages in my
> ppa! Let me know how they work!"
> Adding a PPA is down to a single command, they are GPG signed so as to
> avoid popping up security errors, and can provide any package (say,
> firefox and gksudo). Furthermore, the firefox package may itself provide
> extra files, or a postinst script that replaces gksudo (or any other
> file) with a modified version. etc.

That is good old social engineering.

Works wonders and is cross platform! Rather platform agnostic.

Emailing an executable could work too.
Khalid M. Baheyeldin
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