Re: [Q] virus susceptibility data
Olaf Meeuwissen wrote:
> William T Wilson <email@example.com> writes:
> > On 18 Jul 2000, Olaf Meeuwissen wrote:
> > > I'm looking for any kind of info on vulnerability to viruses on Debian
> > > and/or Linux. Pointers to anti-virus programs are also very welcome.
> > There are no anti-virus programs because there are no viruses.
> The followup by Phil Brutsche says otherwise.
For all intention's purposes, there are no Linux virui. Strickly
speaking this is not true -- there have been virii created for Linux in
the past, but they are not 'in the wild'.
Here are some links to Linux virus information:
Stoag - the first known Linux virus
Bliss - the second known Linux virus
These are the only Linux virii in the F-Secure database. (F-Secure are
the makers of the F-Prot virus software for windows. The also make an
SSH terminal program).
I would say that %99.999 of Linux users have not seen either of these
virii (I know I haven't). The F-Secure site says that it believes that
Stoag is not in circulation. I would think the same for Bliss as well.
Can you count the number of Windows virii on one hand?
No anti-virus software is required, even with 2 Linux virii. The 'bliss'
virus even has a command line switch that causes it to remove itself!