[SATLUG] Thank God for Linux
bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Wed Apr 30 10:44:22 CDT 2008
> On Wed, 2008-04-30 at 08:48 -0500, toddwbucy wrote:
>> Too bad that the only thing one needs to do to safe guard their data
>> from an intrusion such as this is a live cd and a thumb drive.
> How do we know that there aren't back doors in linux that would allow
> for this kind of thing to happen to us linux users?
Because we have the source. There are enough people looking at source and
building/using it that somthing like that would be spotted and all over the
internet. If it existed, it would be found fairly quickly.
> Honestly, I am
> curious. I play in Gnome-land and never really get all that involved in
> what happens under the interface. Are there tell tale signs that your
> 'puter is infected with a trojan or worm other than using Clam AV?
There are tools like tripwire and lsof that can tell you a lot about your system
files and processes, but they aren't automated.
There are a couple of things Linux does to protect itself. Primarily, it
doesn't run arbitrary programs as root unless the user, against advice, logs in
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