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comprookie2000
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:11 pm    Post subject: Linux Malware Reply with quote

I have been following the discussion on the gnome developer mailing list here “desktop-devel-list-bounces@gnome.org” and they were talking about the blog post located here; http://www.geekzone.co.nz/foobar/6229
It got me to thinking about all the new Linux users, that with the ease of installation with distros such as Ubuntu I can see this as really working and it is really easy to set up. In summary you would need to get someone to save an email attachment to there desktop. This will only work if you are using gnome or kde as it uses the way they set up launchers from the desktop. From there you could obtain root access by attaching a script to another program that uses gksu for gnome or kdesu for kde, and once they enter their password the script could run with root privileges. I have also been told but not confirmed that ubuntu and opensuse use passwordless sudo. Just to see how easy it would be I tried it and created a short screencast of how I think it could be done. I am not posting anything that is new, this has been around for a while but I had never heard about it before. Here is the screencast;
http://linuxcrazy.com/?q=node/61
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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