I’m blogging about this, because of two reasons. One, it shows that no Operating System is 100% secure (or better then the others as far as security goes) and two, because this affects Linux users as well as Mac Users.
For years, Linux and Mac users have been laughing at Windows users. Why? Because there have only been a few (maybe three) viruses that affected Linux or Mac….. Up until now. Now, in the past two weeks, two more worms have spread that are designed for Mac’s. So, as Mr. Regan alluded to, the time for Mac users to gloat is over, and the time for them to start protecting themselves is here. That’s all fine and dandy, except that for the same reasons that Mr. Regan mentioned (the widespread boasting and the fact that Mac uses Unix for it’s core) are the same reasons that Linux users need to start worrying also.
Linux, like Mac OS and FreeBSD, is based off of the Unix language. I won’t get into copyright or issues pertaining to whether Linux “uses Unix Code” here, but the fact remains that if a virus works on Unix, it has a better then average chance of working on Linux. So, while hackers may be targeting the Mac OS specifically, Linux users may end up being “collateral damage” in this. My point to this is simply “Be worried. Take precautions, no matter what OS you use, or why you use the computer.”
This actually falls right in line with my earlier blog concerning Linux and the WMF vulnerability. In that blog, I said that it’s time for the Open Source (and more specifically the Linux) community to start looking at every single line (or even every single character) inside of Linux code. Make it as secure as you possibly can. And keep looking for more holes. Then, and ONLY then, can you advertise that you’re more secure then Windows. Also, then you need to point out that certain distros will run on older (ex. Windows 95, 98, ME, and earlier) computers.
Now is the time for the coders and the users to make sure they are protected. Coders to find the security holes and fix them. Users to take whatever steps are available to protect yourselves against viruses and hackers. Welcome to the “Windows world”. We’ve been waiting for you. You’re in pretty much the same boat that we were in in 1998. Whether you move on to where we are now, or you move on in a better (and more secure) direction, is purely up to you now.