Re: [masq] 1st virus in Linux :( (fwd)

Richard B. Johnson (
Mon, 10 Feb 1997 13:29:07 -0500 (EST)

On Sat, 8 Feb 1997 wrote:

> In message <>, H. Peter Anvin writes:
> > > If I am correct, then McAfee should be clearer about the threat because
> > > their web page doesn't help Linux at all by suggesting that it is the
> > > first Unix that is suseptable to a virus and pointing out that all the
> > > Windoze OSes are not vulnerable to it.
> If McAfee said this then they are pretty doggone ignorant. Either that,
> or they are hoping a lot of Linux users will be.
> You cannot have a virus like a PC/Mac virus on a UNIX system. If a
> program run as root does damage, copies itself, whatever, then it is
> just a malicious program, not a virus.

If an "anti-virus shareware provider" says it's a virus then it surely is
a virus. After all, it is very likely that the "anti-virus shareware
provider makes virii" so that it can continue with the business of making
"anti-virus" software.

For many years (over 20), I ran a BBS System, the PROGRAM EXCHANGE. It
started out as a CP/M BBS and eventually became a PC/XT then PC/AT, etc.
Eventually it became obsolete. I was quite disturbed when I found
out that several of the programs that contained virii were uploaded by
so called anti-virus developers. I documented and reported my findings to
the FCC which declared that they didn't have any authority in this area.
One of the major reasons I discontinued BBS operation was that my BBS
System was being used to propagate virii by so-called anti-virus
shareware developers.

Dick Johnson
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