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LinuxMall.com: Linux Immune to E-Mail Virus

May 10, 2000, 22:09 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

"For those of you who live in a cave, a new strain of computer virus is on the loose, happily worming its way through systems that use Microsoft Outlook across the country. The happy companies that remain unaffected include those running Linux or operating systems other than Windows for their e-mail clients."

"The TV, radio and Internet are saturated with reports of businesses reeling from the effects of the Love Letter virus. Several businesses were forced to shut their systems down to halt the rampaging bug. Dubbed "I Love You," the virus presents itself as an e-mail love letter but behaves in a most unloving manner when opened. The virus attacks script files in Visual Basic -- one Microsoft's programming languages that is tightly integrated into Windows and Microsoft Office...."

"Linux is unaffected by the virus because the operating system (OS) has no VB code; therefore, the virus has nothing to latch onto, says Canbox Technical Director Tom Harris. Canbox is a unified messaging system service run from a Linux server. The end clients using Windows to open their e-mail are the ones having problems, Harris notes, "but this has no effect on our Linux server."

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