What are the real vulnerabilities of Linux?

Wednesday, 8 December 2004, 8:17 AM EST

Some Linux fans are tired of reading reports and articles about viruses and attacks for the Linux operating system that would be as bad as malware for Windows if the open source OS was most popular. Why waste your time worrying about a potential threat for which there is little historical or empirical evidence that it even exists, right?

OK. For this article, it is accepted that in today's real world, there is little to suggest that worm writers would or could create the same degree of havoc on Linux as they have for Windows. However, that does not mean that Linux is impermeable to attack by the same kind of malicious, worm-writer-minded efforts that plague Windows. So what are the real vulnerabilities of the Linux operating system? A few experts weighed in for NewsForge.

By Jay Lyman at NewsForge.

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