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Linux worm discovered!!!

Postby davemc » Tue May 22, 2007 18:49

http://www.itnews.com.au/newsstory.aspx ... =site-marq

And so it begins. Now that Linux appears to gaining some momentum as a real threat to M$, you can bet that the crackers out there will begin focusing more and more attention on malware for Linux. Cant be done you say?... WRONG!! It can, and it WILL happen. The only real difference being that a cracker wont be able to get root access so only your user account will get corrupted theoreticly...at least for now.. But a really talented hacker will eventualy find a way, as is always the way of things. Does that mean the end of Linux's touted superior security? LOL!! Even on its worst day, Linux security will always be worlds better than anything M$ can puke up onto the streets and call an OS.
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Postby freeallbadgers » Tue May 22, 2007 19:21

read the report properly ffs
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Postby davemc » Tue May 22, 2007 19:26

Ok.

"This is old-school malware seemingly written to show off and prove a proof of concept rather than a serious attempt to spy on and steal from computer users.

"A financially motivated hacker would have targeted more widely-used software and been more discreet in their use of imagery."


Did I get that part right? I take that to mean that whoever did this, did it to prove the point that Linux is most definitely prone to worms and viruses, and they proved it by doing it. In the future, they are not going to send some stupid jpeg image, they are going to get real and dump you with a serious malware worm if your dumb enough to open it.
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Postby freeallbadgers » Tue May 22, 2007 19:29

uhm... open office is platform independent...where does it say this is a linux issue...eh?
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Its not a linux worm
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Postby davemc » Tue May 22, 2007 19:32

It is a worm which Linux is prone to. Whats worse is that this is just a test of one specific multi platform app. There are many of those - Firefox, Thunderbird, etc, and so forth. ANY of those are prone or could very well be. Read between the lines for whats really going on and you can infer that the cracker in question here is looking for a delivery methodology to spread his/her malware across multiple platforms -- kill many birds with one stone concept.
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Postby freeallbadgers » Tue May 22, 2007 19:37

it doesnt propagate on ANY platform. Hence not a worm. Its not a linux issue but a Open Office one, sheesh get a grip!
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Postby davemc » Tue May 22, 2007 20:04

Right. And Worms which infect peoples systems via Microsoft Outlook Emails (or XYZ cross platform app emails in Windows) arent a Windows issue too eh? They use another app to infect your system (or that app) when you use it. Lets say said cracker decides to use Thunderbird next time to send you an infected file (such as the one from that article), and said infected file when opened, infects your system. Does that then mean that its not a Linux issue?.. Who gives a f*ck what its called after your system becomes infected or affected by this? Either way, your now someones spam bot b*tch, Linux user or not, because you opened that infected file using Thunderbird, or whatever XYZ cross platform email app. The point is not wether its a Linux worm or a Windows worm. Its about wether that worm can affect people using Linux, and it can as the above cracker quite expertly proved, and will most likely prove again, and again, and again, and again.
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Postby freeallbadgers » Tue May 22, 2007 20:08

dude, look at the way O'S's work, it aint the same
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Postby totedati » Tue May 22, 2007 21:58

for all this crazy worms is only one simple and safe way to go out to the wild, aka internet, in linux and windows ... when you surf, and get e-mails, and etc ... etc ... with outside and untrusted data do it only with program loaded with another user rights that you normal user account. In this way when a macro so simple as this 'Badbunny-A' usually can not touch our data, and can not do a 'rm -Rf $HOME', which for many of us in more catastrophic than a corrupted os. How many do this? I think that none, here including myself ....

By the way, is only a openoffice macro? Hmmm ... i want to see her source code ... maybe is GPL'ed!? :twisted:
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Postby wolfden » Tue May 22, 2007 23:47

I don't even see how they can call this a worm
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