Saturday, December 12, 2009

Malware Discovered In Screensaver For Ubuntu And Gnome

We all thought it was perfectly safe to run Linux but this story on Linux Magazine proves otherwise. While it is true this particular Malware wasn't targeting the end user, it does demonstrate how easy it is to get unwanted applications and scripts installed. I heartily agree with the article's author, Kristian Kissling, to either check the source code fully or stick to the approved repositories for software. This easily could have been much worse than a script attacking a server. Linux by default is pretty secure but when the user gives the okay to install, all bets are off. This particular malware was hidden in a screensaver, a method of deploying rogue software that has been very popular and I assume effective for a long time. This should serve as a warning to fellow Linux users to be careful and never think your system is 100% safe. If you have been victimized by this waterfall screensaver from Gnome-Look.Org, they have removed the screensaver, the article linked above has the removal command and here is a link to the Ubuntu forums currently discussing this exploit.

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