[Wolves] Linux viruses

Stuart Langridge sil at kryogenix.org
Mon Dec 6 18:05:27 GMT 2004

On 6/12/2004, "Kevanf1" <kevanf1 at gmail.com> wrote:

>On Mon, 06 Dec 2004 16:44:00 +0000, Chris Ball <chris at mnemonik.net> wrote:
>> I consede defeat on this subject, before we get technical, you are
>> exactly right of course, but then there are a lot of "bot" type viruses
>> with the sole intention of rooting the box to form ddos nets or spam nets.
>Well, sort of running on with that theme.  It has been established
>that, at present, there are no virii to worry about with Linux.  I
>disagree.  The virii that are out there will not affect a Linux box as
>such but it will make the whole internet experience a damn lot slower.
> Every virus or more worm that is sent from a PC - Windows box - takes
>up bandwidth on the web as a whole.  This slows down traffic and thus
>does indeed have an effect on a Linux PC.

Agreed, ish. However, if we're going to consider broaded "network
effects" like those you outline, then viruses[1] surely are not as
important a threat as spam is?


[1] note: not virii. http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mplurals.html

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