[SATLUG] Scarry stuff...How to write a linux virus in 5 easy steps

ed horned0wl93 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 24 15:30:12 CST 2009

Geoff wrote:
> Tweeks wrote:
>>> As Linux grabs more market share on the home desktop, its only natural,
>>> a matter of time, before the bad guys start (if they haven't already)
>>> writing exploits for it
>> I disagree to some degree.  The reason that windows has been so problematic is 
>> not JUST because it's the biggest tartget.. but because it's SOOOOOO 
>> homogeneous.  It's cookie cutter.. A computer monoculture, if you will.  
>> Take this virus/target-culture model into nature.  It's just like a giant 
>> domesticated animal farm.  What happens in nature when you have a giant 
>> monoculture (cows, banans, etc)?  One ravenous disease comes along and wipes 
>> them all out.  So what even if you keep standing new animals back up 
>> (reinstalling.. new models, etc).. The same monoculture problem exists and 
>> viruses feed on monocultures.  
>> This is why nature has differing species, breeds, and strains. In two words.. 
>> biological diversity.  This is also why I believe that Windows will always be 
>> the weaker OS "health wise" and why I believe Linux will never be as hard hit 
>> with viri as Windows.  Linux is a chaotic, heterogeneous mix of distros,  
>> desktops and packages.. always changing.  No virus can assume that all Linux 
>> desktop is running Thunderbird.. or Kmail,  Mutt or Evolution.  I guess a 
>> virus writer /could/ include vector-checks for the most common  Linux mail 
>> clients out there.. but you still have all the distro differences, seLinux, 
>> iptables, filesystem differences, etc.. And that's a huge waste of energy 
>> when the virus-yummy monoculture of Windows+Outlook is such a more attractive 
>> target.  Such an easier herd to own.  :)
>> Some say that there's safety in numbers... 
>> With regards to virus defense, this is not the case... 
>> But even more importantly, I say the real safety is in diversity.
> Tom, I grabbed your reply and sent it to a friend who is in the computer
> -service- business.
> I thought you'd be interested in his reply.  (after I cleaned up some
> spelling errors... leaving the grammar as is - fair warning)
>> He is absolutly correct on all counts.  The stupid american people are
>> to blame.  How many home made cars or specialty equipment such as a
>> steering stick instead of a wheel do you see?  That may be a bad
>> example, but the main thing here is that americans want all things to
>> operate the same and they don't want to learn.  They will only buy big
>> brand names because they feel that anything else is inferior or has
>> very little support because they don't know what makes it tick nor
>> will they learn it, therefore they can't fix it.  PC's only became
>> prominent when a manufactureres such as IBM, Compaq, or Apple started
>> bundling the OS with the equipment because americans in general are
>> too stupid to separate the two things in thier mind.  Most can't even
>> program the clock on the VCR let alone figure out how to hook it up. 
>> Now days people or totally confused about who to call for service. 
>> In the buisness world, the telephones and wiring in your office are
>> installed by vender1 and the internet service is vender2 and the
>> telephone service to the building is vender3.  ATT only wants to
>> provide a connection to the DMARK and their work is done.  This is
>> really confussing the general public because they are accustom to the
>> telephone company providing the service lines all the way to the
>> telephone and the telephone once belonged to the telephone company. 
>> */Of course we "the venders" want to keep the people spoiled in this
>> maner because providing service to the consumer is where we make our
>> money./*
> That's from the other end of the spectrum... this, too, is why they are
> closing the store-front to the public, and staying with servicing their
> corporate clientel.  Dealing with the general public the last 20 years
> has taken it's toll.  (That, and they'll save 2/3'rds of their current
> rent!)
> -Geoff
Possible political rant.  Fair warning...

So, what do we do with a nation full of slobs who have been intentionally and systematically "dumbed-down" over the last 40 years (2-1/2 generations)?  My daughters didn't get half the education that I received, and the one with the masters degree is in love with Vista.  Go figure.  For my student-run computer clinics, I push open source incessantly, and with much success, but, I have yet to have a client accept a Linux OS load when Winderz XP re-load can be had. Again, go figure...


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