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VNUNet: Linux users in Trojan debate

Sep 12, 2001, 22:39 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Middleton)
"...Judging by the growing number of Linux and other operating system machines exploited every month, there are an increasing number of "poorly administered" Linux boxes out there. Figures from Attrition up until April show that around 300 Linux boxes are exploited every month. This is less than the figure for NT boxes, but it is still worrying.

Paul Rogers, network security analyst at MIS, pointed out that security in any environment comes down to security policy. "You do find poorly administered Linux boxes, just as you find poorly administered DNS servers, and just as you find poorly administered machines running any other operating system."

The risk the Remote Shell attack poses is reduced, said Rogers, "because Linux-based Trojans and viruses need more social engineering to get executed because of the way, for example, Linux mail clients are written"."

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