The case of the non viral virus

Have you heard the "news"? There's a new virus that attacks both Linux and Windows machines. Thus, once and for all, there is an end to the notion that Linux is somehow immune to the viral infections that plague the Windows world. Or at least so one anti-virus software vendor would have the world believe.

Of course, there are a few caveats behind the headlines. One minor thing is that the alleged virus -- called Virus.Linux.Bi.a -- being trumpeted far and wide by Kaspersky Lab is not really a virus, but rather "proof of concept" code, designed to show that such a virus could be written.

A second caveat is that for it to work on Linux, a user has to download the program and then execute it, and even then, it can only "infect" files in the same directory the program is in. Exactly how the program gets write permissions even in that directory is not explained. NewsForge | The case of the non-viral virus

Linked by shanmuga Wednesday, 12th April 2006 3:16AM