I use KDE and have 6 desktops in use.
One for working, one for Opera, Firefox,Music,monitoring, amd spare.
For some changes I opened Yast and moved the Yast window to the upper left, all of a sudden I saw an animated ad for a tobacco free cigarette happening on the white background of Yast.
hmmm…This isnt good, I continued my work for a short time and opened some more application windows. here it is again but only appearing on a white background, for example when i opened the “Add Channels” to Kmix, I saw it again.
It also appeared on some Firefox pages that have a white background.
Upon closer inspection I could see the animated advert animating within the text for my icons on the desktop. The actual white text “My Computer”, “Firefox”, “Online Help”
I went through all my software in Yast to see if somehow I had installed some sort of ad loader, ticker tape, or whatever.
I rebooted, opened yast again and saw the ad once again within the WHITE TEXT ONLY had changed to a familiar icon I had previously seen on a webpage I visit. Now I had a clue to its origin.
I use opera and regularly have about 16-20 opera pages always open, Even after a reboot, opera automatically re-opens with all these sites opened as tabs, The Icon I saw in this nuisance background was from an opera website, no less than Cornell Uni,
heres the cut and paste from Opera:-
Now It was the blue “KMODDL” icon that appeared against the white background of any open window.
Because the earlier reboot had displayed a different ad (cigarette icon) I suspected foul play from within Cornell website.
Anyway I went through Opera’s history and saw a website that I did not consciously visit, and its name was a dead giveaway:-
I dont know how this site was in the history, it must have popped through from another site I visited, but because the Cornell Icon “KMODDL” was showing through the white background, is that a safe assumption that this nuisance website may be associated with the Cornell page I visited?
I put it in the blocklist and I havent seen the problem since.
BUT… WHY and HOW has linux allowed this to happen?..
and which components allowed this to happen?
Is this a whopping big hole in KDE or X or Opera or general linux security?
This is the sort of thing I expect to see happening in an MS environment.
This animated image appeared across all my desktops, and like I said earlier even in the white text fonts associated with my desktop icons.
Shane, Brisbane, Australia