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Thread: Social engineering (trojan) via gnome-look.org

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    Re: To those of you who are unaware

    However, I still think most Linux systems are safer than Windows systems... so long as you don't run untrusted software and don't give root access to anyone that does not know what they're doing, then this is harmless.
    Apply the same theory to Windows.

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    Re: To those of you who are unaware

    Fair point, Techsnap.

    What I mean is, I don't think a Windows system is as easy to secure, and is certainly not secure by default.
    Last edited by squilookle; December 8th, 2009 at 11:44 PM.

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    Re: YOU THERE!! Malicios script installed as a DEB, please read!

    I looked at the scripts, what a shame that someone decides to pointlessly damage other Linux users machines - what is their problem?

    However, it does show the holes in the existing system. It's a wonderful system, but it does still follow this theory that the root user can do no wrong, which is just incorrect because not all "admins" are that bright!

    We need to install packages like this (screensavers etc) for OUR USER ONLY BY DEFAULT, so damage is contained.
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    Re: To those of you who are unaware

    Quote Originally Posted by Techsnap View Post
    Apply the same theory to Windows.
    Windows is vulnerable to drive-by downloads. All you have to do in Windows is surf the web to get a virus.

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    Re: YOU THERE!! Malicios script installed as a DEB, please read!

    Quote Originally Posted by fatality_uk View Post
    lol - unclean, unclean

    Wondering how long before this gets slashdot'd or el'reged with a END OF DAYS "Linux Hacked" spin
    This is neither end of days - nor Linux being hacked. Think of this as a warning to all Debian system users who download and run untrusted files and installers on their production machines.

    99% of other Linux users will carry on their everyday life not knowing this ever happened...

    Quote Originally Posted by hoppipolla View Post
    I looked at the scripts, what a shame that someone decides to pointlessly damage other Linux users machines - what is their problem?

    However, it does show the holes in the existing system. It's a wonderful system, but it does still follow this theory that the root user can do no wrong, which is just incorrect because not all "admins" are that bright!

    We need to install packages like this (screensavers etc) for OUR USER ONLY BY DEFAULT, so damage is contained.
    Quite contrary, this is not a hole in the system. This is social engineering applied outside of lab testing.
    It is no surprise that people fell for the cookie.

    But as much as we teach you not to download anything from untrusted sites - people will fall for the "Linux Security" propaganda and get complacent.

    Linux is a strong system not because of the system being "built ground up for security", that is but a small piece in the puzzle. Linux is a strong system because it's users are generally "in the know" about threats and prevention.
    Last edited by ibuclaw; December 9th, 2009 at 12:00 AM.

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    Re: To those of you who are unaware

    Quote Originally Posted by squilookle View Post
    No system is invincible.

    However, I still think most Linux systems are safer than Windows systems... so long as you don't run untrusted software and don't give root access to anyone that does not know what they're doing, then this is harmless.
    Same on Windows. Don't run software that you don't trust as administrator.

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    Re: To those of you who are unaware

    Quote Originally Posted by Hwęt View Post
    Windows is vulnerable to drive-by downloads. All you have to do in Windows is surf the web to get a virus.
    No.

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    Re: To those of you who are unaware

    Quote Originally Posted by Techsnap View Post
    Apply the same theory to Windows.
    Oh so that's why I got a virus from visiting that one website? And don't even bother trying to tell me that it was porn or a result of my own incompetent safe browsing skills

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    Re: To those of you who are unaware

    Quote Originally Posted by Frak View Post
    No.
    Tell that to the millions of Windows users who got a virus by looking at porn.

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    Re: To those of you who are unaware

    So somebody downloaded a deb and executed it?

    I think this vulnerability is already well known.

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