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The Register: Linux Trojan spotted in the wild

Sep 07, 2001, 15:21 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Leyden)
"Eric Chien, chief researcher at Symantec's antivirus research centre, does not expect the virus to spread, principally because it lacks the self-replication characteristics that made Code Red and the Lion worm (which affected Linux servers) such nuisances.

"I don't think anyone in the security business would consider this particular Linux virus a major (or even minor?) threat to real world computer users," said Chien. "However, it does reiterate the fact that Linux is susceptible just like any other operating system."

...That said users may wish to consider using Qualys' free vulnerability test (registration required). Antivirus vendors are in the process of updating their signature definition files to detect the Trojan."

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