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[Clamav-users] Non-Windoze Viruses (was Re: Memory usage for clamd is huge)

From: David F. Skoll <dfs_at_nospam>
Date: Tue Apr 01 2008 - 03:01:10 GMT
To: ClamAV users ML <>

Steve Holdoway wrote:

[Regarding viruses on Linux/UNIX]

> Because, it *IS* going to change, just as soon as the market share
> makes it profitable. No question about it.

People have been saying that for a long time, but I have my doubts. Linux/UNIX is a different environment, with more strongly-enforced privilege separation than Windows. Linux/UNIX applications also tend not to treat data as executable content or to believe that a file is executable because its name ends in "exe".

I'm not saying Linux/UNIX viruses are impossible. I'm saying the environment is significantly more hostile to viruses than Windoze is, and this will greatly limit the propagation of Linux/UNIX viruses.

I do not believe there has been a real Linux virus in the wild, and I can't believe someone wouldn't have created one by now if it were as easy as on Windoze. Heck, even MSFT has probably tried as part of it's FUD campaign. :-)



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