[clug] Anti-Virus Software

Ivan Lazar Miljenovic ivan.miljenovic at gmail.com
Tue Jun 22 05:49:15 MDT 2010

Ivan Lazar Miljenovic <ivan.miljenovic at gmail.com> writes:

> Sam Couter <sam at couter.id.au> writes:
>> Ivan Miljenovic <ivan.miljenovic at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> greater in-built security (since hardly anyone
>>> uses root as their day-to-day account)
>> This is one of the most dangerous misconceptions with regards to Linux
>> security.
>> root only owns system files like installed software. That can be
>> replaced off any old install CD. You're probably running your browser
>> with the same user privileges as all your really important stuff, like
>> your photos, documents, source code, projects, etc. That's the data
>> that's valuable, and it's most vulnerable.
>>> + fewer random exes to download
>>> and execute in the wild
>> A function of popularity. If Linux becomes more popular, more random
>> software will be available for download, and it will carry random
>> malicious payloads. Then we'll have many of the same problems Windows
>> systems have.
> What I meant was this: with that UnrealIRCd example I gave earlier, in
> Gentoo at least it is run as a separate user by default.  As such, it
> can't affect your system or your user files.

I forgot to mention: with the whole random exe thing, most Linux users
stick to just their distro's repo for software, which are generally
trustworthy (the UnrealIRCd example not withstanding).

Ivan Lazar Miljenovic
Ivan.Miljenovic at gmail.com

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