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    SubjectRe: Bliss virius
    On Sat, 8 Feb 1997, Timothy Peters wrote:

    > I have one or two idears on this
    >
    > a) add a patch to the a.out of elf loader that can detect if the virus
    > is present and prevent it from running

    That stinks of kernel bloat ... What if, under Windows or DOS,
    everytime you ran an executable, McAfee's automagically came up and ran a
    scan. Perhaps having such a thing specifically for BLISS wouldn't be bad,
    but what happens when there are a thousand virii for Linux? Remember that
    BLISS is only a proof of concept, it shows that Linux virii *CAN* exist.
    Now that this is out, there will be a hundred by April, a thousand by next
    year. This is a bad precedent to set ...

    > b) develope a free virus scanner for linux that can detect viri like
    > bliss and allert the operator
    >
    > c)stress the need for good security

    Much better alternatives. McAfee has one, but it chokes when you
    run it from / recursively, b/c it doesn't play well with symlinks ...

    \begin{SOAPBOX}
    What it comes down to is the lack of security. A unix operating
    system is very, very secure if it is maintained correctly to be secure.
    Too many people believe they are secure b/c they are running a unix
    operating system, even though they are always logged in as root and don't
    know what 'sudo' does ...
    \end{SOAPBOX}

    -Seth

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