[PLUG] Mandriva And Mandriva...
o.s.h.o at guruvision.com
Sun Aug 24 09:33:27 PDT 2008
On Sunday 24 August 2008 21:31:42 Aditya Laghate wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-08-24 at 20:51 +0530, Arun Khan wrote:
> > On Sunday 24 Aug 2008, म.हा.सा.ग.र wrote:
> > When I inserted his USB pen drive on my Ubuntu
> > 8.04.1 I noticed a lot of <dir>.exe files created on my hard disk.
> > Obviously, the pen drive was infected but worse yet the virus was able
> > to create the files on my system. Luckily the damage was contained
> > since the .exe files could not run on my system. I disabled "auto run"
> > in Nautilus. Ease of use has it's down side.
> This is funny!! I have till date (in the last 10 years) never seen a
> virus file replicating on Linux!! Are you sure it came from the
> pen-drive and not were already present??
> Because, by logic and theory, the executable on the pen-drive CANNOT
> execute on Linux. A windows executable CANNOT run on Linux.
> There is something fishy here!
Few months back I found that some virus or an html exploit had played a trick
of it's own on my KMail folders such that many messages were showing all
fields such as "Subject" and more as unknown. Opening those caused more
That is when I realised importance of using maildir format instead of mailbox
format. Since in case of mbox format the ClamAV will move entire mailbox to
quarantine! Of course I was not using ClamAV till then :-)
So if you ask me, Linux is immune to Viruses ... yes but not immune to all
kinds of exploits. And we use quite a bunch of technologies even while
handling our *simple electronic mail*
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