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General => General Discussion => Topic started by: cavy on December 02, 2016, 07:20:52 am

Title: Mirai worm
Post by: cavy on December 02, 2016, 07:20:52 am
Hi all, read this article today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38167453   :o

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It involves the use of a modified form of the Mirai worm - a type of malware that is spread via hijacked computers, which causes damage to equipment powered by Linux-based operating systems

If true that puts a spanner in the works and the belief there are no viruses in the wild that affect Linux?   :-\
Title: Re: Mirai worm
Post by: PCNetSpec on December 02, 2016, 07:41:06 am
a) it's not so much a "Linux" security issue as an issue around the lax security implemented by some device (router/webcam/etc) manufacturers in their embedded Linux firmware.
(Linux security is just fine .. the device firmware implementation is to blame)

b) it's not a "virus" .. more malware that takes advantage of that lax security.
Title: Re: Mirai worm
Post by: GNULINUX on December 02, 2016, 12:08:33 pm
In addition to PCNetSpec (https://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php?action=profile;u=4):

The infected "machines" are not desktop computers or servers but "IoT (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_of_things)". The software on these "things" is mostly based on "Linux/Unix" (because it's free in both meanings). A perfect example is an Android powered "smart"phone, but as we all know an Android infection can do little (as in nothing) on a Linux desktop/server! They both have a Linux (based) kernel but that's probably the only thing they have in common.

To be honest, the article is totally biased...
The real problem with the routers mentioned in the article is that they have an "unprotected" open port for (remote) firmware updates! So it's just bad configuration and lack of security by Germany's Deutsche Telekom.
The real joke is that their previous model router is not vulnerable because there the port is properly better secured, they call it progress!  ::)

Greets!
Title: Re: Mirai worm
Post by: cavy on December 03, 2016, 11:58:49 am
Cheers guys  8)