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  1. #21

    Default Re: Can someone explain linux viruses to me!

    I was actually meaning for any programs in general, not just AV stuff.

  2. #22
    2quick NNTP User

    Default Re: Can someone explain linux viruses to me!


    I was actually meaning for any programs in general, not just AV stuff.


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  3. #23
    ab@novell.com NNTP User

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    Well that's an interesting question. If you search for a product and it
    comes up with its vendor you can go to the vendor webpage and probably
    be fairly safe unless the vendor is disreputable as well. I guess this
    will just take research as it does with any program for any computer.
    Don't install if you don't trust it, and you shouldn't trust things you
    don't know fairly well. For example just because something sounds good
    and people use it doesn't mean it is good (this applied to a lot of
    things in life of course). Bonzai Buddy, for example. Used by lots,
    but oh yeah.... malware. Oops. Anyway, do some homework before you
    give something 'root' or Administrator or other kernel-level privileges
    to any system. Most applications aren't malicious and unknown for long
    so searching around should find decent information.

    For most functions there are probably applications within the
    repositories that are easily installed and fairly safe. For RPMs or
    source from other sources, know the source. To actually know for sure
    you are hitting the webpage you think you are hitting (in case you're
    REALLY paranoid) then some more work needs to be done.... DNS/ARP
    poisoning can do a lot of fun things without being overly obvious to the
    end user, but most of the time that isn't the case.

    Good luck.





    2quick wrote:
    > I was actually meaning for any programs in general, not just AV stuff.
    >
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    ab@novell.com NNTP User

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    Well that's an interesting question. If you search for a product and it
    comes up with its vendor you can go to the vendor webpage and probably
    be fairly safe unless the vendor is disreputable as well. I guess this
    will just take research as it does with any program for any computer.
    Don't install if you don't trust it, and you shouldn't trust things you
    don't know fairly well. For example just because something sounds good
    and people use it doesn't mean it is good (this applied to a lot of
    things in life of course). Bonzai Buddy, for example. Used by lots,
    but oh yeah.... malware. Oops. Anyway, do some homework before you
    give something 'root' or Administrator or other kernel-level privileges
    to any system. Most applications aren't malicious and unknown for long
    so searching around should find decent information.

    For most functions there are probably applications within the
    repositories that are easily installed and fairly safe. For RPMs or
    source from other sources, know the source. To actually know for sure
    you are hitting the webpage you think you are hitting (in case you're
    REALLY paranoid) then some more work needs to be done.... DNS/ARP
    poisoning can do a lot of fun things without being overly obvious to the
    end user, but most of the time that isn't the case.

    Good luck.





    2quick wrote:
    > I was actually meaning for any programs in general, not just AV stuff.
    >
    >

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    Kevin Miller NNTP User

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    2quick wrote:
    > I was reading through the post and wondering what are the typical places
    > that you would download any needed programs. I am new and just trying
    > to ensure that I will get anything from a legit place. Thanks!


    These are a pretty safe bet:

    http://en.opensuse.org/Package_Repositories
    http://en.opensuse.org/YaST_package_repository

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  6. #26
    Kevin Miller NNTP User

    Default Re: Can someone explain linux viruses to me!

    2quick wrote:
    > I was reading through the post and wondering what are the typical places
    > that you would download any needed programs. I am new and just trying
    > to ensure that I will get anything from a legit place. Thanks!


    These are a pretty safe bet:

    http://en.opensuse.org/Package_Repositories
    http://en.opensuse.org/YaST_package_repository

    ....Kevin
    --
    Kevin Miller
    http://www.alaska.net/~atftb
    Juneau, Alaska
    Registered Linux User No: 307357, http://counter.li.org

  7. #27
    Over There NNTP User

    Default Re: Can someone explain linux viruses to me!

    > I was actually meaning for any programs in general, not just AV stuff.

    i'd recommend you always FIRST search inside YaST, and if available then install
    via YaST...in that way you are pretty sure of several things..

    - the software is genuine (unhacked, and safe)
    - free and open
    - correctly installed and integrated (the new software will show up in your menu
    - it can be correctly and completely uninstalled with YaST

    second: you can search and "1-Click install" using the openSUSE Build Service,
    (see http://software.opensuse.org/search) which should provide the same benefits
    as above (i think)

    third place: visit the maker's site's and HOPE there is an RPM or tarball there
    which you can use..

    2quick, more: PLEASE read all the 'concepts' at http://en.opensuse.org/Concepts,
    but most importantly and to your question of Where to find software, see the
    section on Package Management,
    http://en.opensuse.org/Concepts#Soft..._Management.29
    and its sub section on YaST

  8. #28
    Over There NNTP User

    Default Re: Can someone explain linux viruses to me!

    > I was actually meaning for any programs in general, not just AV stuff.

    i'd recommend you always FIRST search inside YaST, and if available then install
    via YaST...in that way you are pretty sure of several things..

    - the software is genuine (unhacked, and safe)
    - free and open
    - correctly installed and integrated (the new software will show up in your menu
    - it can be correctly and completely uninstalled with YaST

    second: you can search and "1-Click install" using the openSUSE Build Service,
    (see http://software.opensuse.org/search) which should provide the same benefits
    as above (i think)

    third place: visit the maker's site's and HOPE there is an RPM or tarball there
    which you can use..

    2quick, more: PLEASE read all the 'concepts' at http://en.opensuse.org/Concepts,
    but most importantly and to your question of Where to find software, see the
    section on Package Management,
    http://en.opensuse.org/Concepts#Soft..._Management.29
    and its sub section on YaST

  9. #29

    Default Re: Can someone explain linux viruses to me!

    Thanks for the help! Exactly what I was looking for.

  10. #30
    2quick NNTP User

    Default Re: Can someone explain linux viruses to me!


    Thanks for the help! Exactly what I was looking for.


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