October 5, 2001

Linux popularity breeds more worms

Author: JT Smith

Security issues with Linux, Unix, and Solaris systems were a hot topic of discussion this week at the Virus Bulletin Conference in Prague. Jakub Kaminski, of Computer Associates Australia, predicts that the rising popularity of Linux systems will deliver more viruses that use a "cocktail" blend of code and scripts to cross platforms and wreak havoc on computer systems worldwide. Trend Micro's Joe Hartmann fixated on the increasing number of buffer overflow vulnerabilities causing headaches for system administrators, placing the blame on C++ for its lack of buffer clean-up capabilities. Read the report at Vnunet.


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