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Re: [vox-tech] linux and viruses

   seems to me that there are linux viruses. Linux
viruses cannot affect Windows or Mac hosts.

   Any host can transmit data that has some kind
of virus attached, although there are very few
malware programs that can work on more than
one OS: maybe a Perl-based program might
be able to cause damage on Mac, Win, Lin,
FreeBSD hosts. (My usage of "malware" includes
   Your Linux box could conceivable be a middle
man transmitting an email message that carries
a virus or other malware.

   A reasonable argument on his side is that no
"alien" machine, regardless of OS, should connect
to his net.
   If he allows "alien" windows laptops, he's much
more at risk that allowing "alien" linux or mac or
freebsd boxes, given that his data is all stored on
win boxes.

   so say i; potshots welcome.

On Feb 23, 2006, at 6:31 PM, Cylar Z wrote:


Hope this isn't too inappropriate for this list...feel
free to chastise me if it is.

Here's the skinny. I'm trying to get my systems
administrator (at work) to let me connect a laptop to
his network so that I can surf the web at lunchtime.
Now, the sysadmin is strictly a Microsoft man and
knows nothing at all about Linux. He has balked at my
request because while he is worried that I might
inadvertently bring viruses/spyware/malware onto his
network. It turns out that he was not even aware that
Linux can speak TCP/IP and supports DHCP client
networking functions.

I tried telling him that my laptop will be running
some flavor of Linux (most likely Fedora Core 4) and
that Linux is virtually impervious to viruses. It
hasn't swayed him.

I guess my question to you all is this: Did I make a
true statement? Is Linux really virus-proof? If so, is
it just because of its relatively small share of the
OS market, or is there a more technical reason for
this? If so, what? If I told him one, it might get
through to him.

And what about malware? Is Linux resistant to that as

Think of this as an opportunity to further infiltrate
Microsoft's domain. Help me explain to my admin why
attaching a Linux client won't hurt his network.

Thanks, Matt

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