Re: [masq] 1st virus in Linux :( (fwd)

H. Peter Anvin (
Fri, 7 Feb 1997 12:54:14 -0800 (PST)

> Doesn't doom give up root access once it has io perms to the video
> hardware, etc.? I would think this would only be a problem if run by
> root which is just simply a stupid thing to do. Isn't this a case of
> those that are causual about security get what they deserve?
> If I am correct, then McAfee should be clearer about the threat because
> their web page doesn't help Linux at all by suggesting that it is the
> first Unix that is suseptable to a virus and pointing out that all the
> Windoze OSes are not vulnerable to it.

McAfee is in the business of selling antivirus software. All those
guys have a tendency to exaggerate the threat of viruses (and to
classify as many security holes as possible as viruses) in order to
sell tons of software...