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Re: Potential Virus or System Message?

On 5/1/05, s. keeling <keeling@spots.ab.ca> wrote:
> Incoming from Phil Dyer:
> > s. keeling wrote:
> > > Incoming from Faithful John:
> > > >
> > > >I got this weird message, when I left my email through Telnet/Pine
> > > >running when I left my house.
> > >
> > > I'd say someone got in, and they got in far enough to shutdown the
> >
> > Uh, I'd say he had a telnet session opened to a remote host, and that
> Yup.  Missed that.  I thought the messages were coming from his own box.

I had figured that it might have been a shut down by the remote host,
as it happens all the time with that system.   However, I had never
seen that message before.   Usually it simply just turned off, and
when I tried to do something it would tell me it's been shutdown.  
The "just because" is what gave me cause for concern.

So this gives me a second question.   I'm pretty sure that I disabled
the remote access ability stuff (though I'm not 100% on that at this
moment).   Is there a chance someone could still get into my system in
any way and do anything? (e.g.if firewalls disabled)   My impression
was that linux was immune to viruses and resistance to personal
attacks since you needed a root password to do any sort of real

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