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Linux Java-Based Trojan Might Have Been an Accident

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softpedia.com: A more detailed analysis of the recently discovered cross-platform social networking trojan, suggests that the Linux infection vector might have been an unintended side effect.

New Koobface Variant Infects Linux Systems

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softpedia.com: Security researchers warn that a new drive-by download attack is capable of infecting Windows, Mac OS X and Linux systems with a new variant of the notorious Koobface worm.

Two Vulnerabilities Provide Root Access on Linux

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pcworld.com: Two new vulnerabilities affecting Linux were uncovered this week that could potentially be used by malicious hackers to gain root privileges.

The Sheer Hypocrisy of Redmond's Stab at Internet Health

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Web

linuxinsider.com: "Forcing every device to issue a 'health certificate' before being allowed to connect anywhere will restrict the OS market to corporate-backed players only," explained Montreal consultant Gerhard Mack. "No more Linux, *BSD or any experimental OS because they won't be able to generate the certificate."

Thank you, Linux! My Windows computer is infected

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Humor

mandrivachronicles.blogspot: That's right. My desktop, which runs Windows, is infected and I blame Linux.

Some Android apps caught covertly sending GPS data to advertisers

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arstechnica.com: The results of a study conducted by researchers from Duke University, Penn State University, and Intel Labs have revealed that a significant number of popular Android applications transmit private user data to advertising networks without explicitly asking or informing the user.

A Tale of Two Root Exploits, and Why We Shouldn't Panic

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linuxinsider.com: "The article is alarmist," said Slashdot blogger Barbara Hudson, referring to a warning about a kernel bug. "It was ONE shared-hosting public-facing server at iWeb.com, among their tens of thousands of servers. "Are you running a publicly-facing shared-host server? No? Then don't worry about it."

SCAP: computer security for the rest of us

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opensource.com: I'm setting up a new computer. I get through the registration screens, install my software, change my wallpaper, and everything's working fine. I'm left, though, with a lingering, uneasy feeling: I don't know if this machine is secure.

FOSS Security Updates vs Microsoft Patch Day

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blog.eracc.com: It is almost that time again. The ritual of installing Microsoft patches released on the second Tuesday of each month to fix security problems. It is an ironic coincidence that I have received update notices from Mandriva for software installed on my Linux PC systems as well this weekend.

Linux distributions update for Web flaw

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itworld.com (IDG): A number of Linux distributors have issued patches for fixing a widely used program that fetches Web pages, called Wget, so it can not be misused by attackers.

LinuxCon: Exploits Show Why Linux Is Vulnerable

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esecurityplanet.com: There is a widely held belief that Linux is a completely secure operating system. But to Brad Spengler of the grsecurity project, the belief is far from accurate. And he has the kernel exploits to prove it.

Unix How-To: Give Me That Old-Time Security!

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HowTos

itworld.com: Even in the wild frontiers of today's Internet, good basic Unix system security provides extremely valuable protection against security breaches. In today's column, I'm going to rant about some basic security rules of thumb that every Unix sysadmin ought to consider.

Security vs. Convenience

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linuxjournal.com: Although my intent is not to start the next GNOME/KDE-level war, it seems there must be a happy medium between total desktop insecurity and total desktop unusability.

Locking Down Linux: Is it Necessary?

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jeffhoogland.blogspot: Many Linux Advocates, myself included, assert that our operating system of choice is more than ready for the "general public" or "average user". In recent years it seems the term "user friendliness" has become associated with the exact opposite of what I love about Linux:

Linux, trojans and viruses. A real threat?

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toolbox.com/blogs: While there is no excuse for inattention and lack of knowledge, the fact is that there are Linux virus's (viruses, virii?) and there will be more.

A wake up call for sleepy Linux users.

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toolbox.com/blog: The alarm has rung several times before and each time the snooze button was pressed. This time, just recently, the alarm has rung with yet another compromised download resulting in another Linux trojan back door. The time has come for us to stop hitting that snooze button.

Linux is as secure as ever

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itworld.com: There have been several stories proclaiming that a recent Linux infection proves Windows malware monopoly is over and that Think Linux is free from malware? Think again; it's been hacked. Much as it pains me to disagree with the good people, they're wrong.

Five tips for improving Linux security

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blogs.techrepublic.com: Protecting a networked computer is a never-ending challenge — even in Linux. These simple measures will help protect your Linux box.

Is Linux Secure

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  • Linux infection proves Windows malware monopoly is over
  • "Is Linux Secure?" at Southeast LinuxFest
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