Linux and Spywares - lack of reading

Nigel Wade nmw at
Thu Feb 17 09:59:20 UTC 2005

jdow wrote:
> Of course you do know of the recent exploits found for Mozilla, aren't
> you, Brian? What's this "No antivirus needed" I hear about for Linux?

First of all, that's not a Linux virus, or a Linux anything. It's a fault in 
the browser and affects Windows just as much as Linux.

Secondly, it's not a virus. No amount of Linux or Windows anti-virus 
software will protect you against it. It requires a patch to the browser, 
which is likely to happen much quicker from Mozilla than it would from 
Microsoft (who would no doubt have kept the information quiet in the hopes 
that they could just ignore it, until it eventually leaked to the press and 
they had to do something about it pronto).

Nigel Wade, System Administrator, Space Plasma Physics Group,
             University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
E-mail :    nmw at
Phone :     +44 (0)116 2523548, Fax : +44 (0)116 2523555

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