[ale] RPC worms: coming to Linux?

Bob Toxen bob at verysecurelinux.com
Mon Feb 2 20:13:51 EST 2004

On Mon, Feb 02, 2004 at 06:34:55PM -0500, Jim Philips wrote:
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> Gerhard Eschelbeck of security firm Qualys is predicting some new "super 
> worms" that will exploit RPC and be independent of OS. How real is the 
> threat? And what can Linux users do to protect themselves?
One such worm was produced a few years ago.

Realistically, since Linux is far more secure than Windows and the average
Linux systems has fewer open ports than Windoze (and a hardened Linux
system has is pretty immune to attack) this is far less of a risk to Linux
than Windows.  Qualys is peddling FUD.

> The report is here:

> http://www.techworld.com/news/index.cfm?fuseaction=displaynews&NewsID=959

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