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 A new Lunix low

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Mar 16, 2002
An official HOWTO, written by hackers, on how to write Lunix viruses has been published.

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About the time. (none / 0) (#1)
by The Mad Scientist on Sat Mar 16th, 2002 at 06:47:09 PM PST
This knowledge is out for long time already (as it goes in such cases). It's about the time it reaches the "civilian sector".
Efficient counter-threat systems are necessary. The only way to get the World to develop them beyond a toy stage is to create the need for them.
This is also a reason why I consider script kids to be a necessary part of the Net ecosystem. I feel much more comfortable with everyone having access to both the attack and defense tools, than when only the Three-Letters-Agencies have the attack tools and nobody in the civilian sector bothers with the defense.
Would we have the plethora of <A HREF="">defense</A> <A HREF="">tools</A> without the "harmless" threat? With absense of them, how would we respond to a serious, determined attacker?

I agree (none / 0) (#2)
by Anonymous Reader on Sun Mar 17th, 2002 at 12:00:57 AM PST
In many cases it is better if you have both. What better way to protect yourself if you have a better understanding of the threat?
This document describes how to write parasitic file viruses infecting ELF executables on Linux/i386. Though it contains a lot of source code, no actual virus is included. Measurement is the foundation of science.
I don't how the author of the could consider this a LUnix low. I mean LUnix is a Unix-lite distribution (Little Unix) for old 8-bit computers. You think that all the Microsoftites would be thrilled about "The Linux Virus Writing HOWTO". Wait, I think I know why they're not.
Unfinished snapshot taken on 2002-03-15. I predict that today will be remembered until tomorrow.
Shows what peer review can really do.

Freedom of source code = freedom of communication = freedom of speech, and there's nothing more American than that. -- Adam Goodman

An oxymoron (none / 0) (#3)
by because it isnt on Mon Mar 18th, 2002 at 02:56:11 AM PST
"An official HOWTO".

I didn't bother reading the rest. -- because it isn't


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