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Linux.com: It's Survival of the Fittest

May 09, 2000, 17:05 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Michie)

"This week, the ILOVEYOU virus burned through millions of e-mails, infecting computers around the globe. In the Linux community, it is tempting to mock the less fortunate Windows users. Further, it would be nice to place the blame with Microsoft, but is it possible for a similar situation to occur with Linux distributions?"

"The recent outbreak can only infect computers with Microsoft Windows using Microsoft Outlook as an e-mail client. This particular virus is able to spread using the tight integration of Visual Basic Scripting with the e-mail client. The technology is easy to use. In fact, the script is only about 250 lines worth of code. Certainly the programmers at Microsoft met one of their ease of use goals."

"...Most Linux users are quick to point out that even if malicious code was run, it could only affect the users own account. True, but it could be argued that this is also the case for Windows NT and 2000. Instead of laughing at the Windows users, it would be interesting to see an open source solution providing the same functionality as VB script and the security of Java. Perhaps something like Kaffe could be embedded into new mailers such as Evolution."

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