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David Kaye wrote:

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You posted that same information in another post last evening in
alt.comp.virus group.

"However, I just picked up malware (a variant of Antivirus 2010) via a
Linux hosted website.  It was a Javascript embedded in a PDF file."

Please explain why you think this is a Linux problem or vulnerability?
Wouldn't you think the answer to the "infected PDF" would be to stop
using Windows Adobe Reader and replace it with something not affected? A
bit of googling also suggests that the Adobe vulnerability was fixed in
late 2008.

You could also uninstall Adobe Reader and try FoxItReader v 3.
http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader /

Linux has nothing to do with this problem.

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   -Four wheels carry the body; two wheels move the soul

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How would Microsoft become virus resistant?



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FromTheRafters wrote:

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Buy Canonical for a hundred billion pounds and name it Microbuntu?

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One of the latest infections is served up by Linux web servers exploiting a
Javascript flaw in Adobe Acrobat.  So, it's not just Windows.


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Care to post a link to an article about the vulnerability that you are
referring to?

Anyway, Linux can't be blamed for malware that runs within another
environment hosted by the Linux environment - unless the malware depends
upon exploiting a vulnerability in the OS itself.



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I haven't seen an actual "virus" in several years now. virus resistance
relies too much on educated users. As educated users are not the norm, and
the uneducated lemmings are, even the shills have nothing to worry about
anytime soon. It's not doomsday for Antivirus companies today.





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On 1/25/2010 10:38 PM, Dustin Cook wrote:
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You're probably correct, I never see a virus. I do occasionally get a
warning about a site I'm about to enter. I always exit.
Curious as to why people are so quick to defend their favorite os. It's
not like they wrote the thing so why take it so personal.

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It reminds me of the chevy vs ford discussions. :)


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Because the website was hosted on a Linux machine and the infection came from
a visit to that site?


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David Kaye wrote:

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I am still curious as to why you think a PDF file infected with a
Windows OS exploit would lead you to believe Linux was at fault. I did
ask you what you would think if the web hosting software was Microsoft
IIS on a Windows server, but you didn't respond.

In the normal world, web hosts don't care a whit what files are served
up by their web site customers.

In other words, the operating system and web hosting software of a web
host has nothing to do with the files that webmasters place there for
your downloading pleasure. Shouldn't that be clear?

Think of this also:  I'm using Linux here at home. Someone sends me an
email with an infected file attached. It does nothing to my Linux
computer, because it can't. I, perhaps acting irresponsibly, forward
this email to all my friends - who use Windows - and they open the
attachment and infect themselves. Is Linux at fault?

Do you still have a link to that site/page?

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   -Four wheels carry the body; two wheels move the soul

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I already answered that question.

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I don't respond to each and every comment by everyone, especially someone who
hides behind a pseudonym.  Feel lucky that you got a response from me at all.


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David Kaye wrote:

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Ha!  You already did. You think "George Orwell" is the poster's name you
responded to?

And still:  Linux on that server is not responsible for you getting
yourself infected. I guess now you're not going to bother to tell us the
link to the page...

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Newbies typically do. :)
 
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Some people do not handle humility well.
 



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I'm no newbie to Usenet.  I respond to what I feel are worthwhile posts.  
That's all.


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You forgot "hey numb nutz" somewhere in your reply...

:-)


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