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eWeek: Linux Phishing Attack Circulates on Net

Nov 21, 2004, 20:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Morgenstern)

"A security bulletin circulated on the Internet late Friday and warned Linux users of a 'critical-critical' security hole that could compromise systems and allow root access to a remote attacker. The message and its 'patch' were the return of a phishing hoax aimed at Linux users.

"According to the fake security bulletin, the vulnerability was found in fileutils, the package of essential system utilities that manipulate files on a system. It warned of problem distributions including Red Hat versions 7.2 through 9.0, and Fedora Core 1 and Core 2 as well as others. However, the warning said BSD and Solaris platforms were unaffected by the vulnerability..."

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