Gentoo Archives: gentoo-user

From: Adam Carter <adamcarter3@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] Re: Which desktop antivirus?
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 04:06:27
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-user] Re: Which desktop antivirus? by Volker Armin Hemmann
1 >> Furthermore, even if there were enough Linux viruses to worry about,
2 >> there isn't a good way of getting infected.  On Windows, you download
3 >> random executables from the net.  On Gentoo, you install your stuff
4 >> through portage.  It's nearly impossible to get infected.
5 >
6 > except when someone puts up or takes over a rsync server and starts providing
7 > malicious ebuilds.
9 And most malware runs an exploit to install itself, it doesn't require
10 the user to run an installation program. So typical attack vectors
11 are: network services, documents/media files (.pdfs flash etc), and
12 all the usual web stuff. As stated earlier buffer overflows against
13 Gentoo would be a nightmare to write due to the system
14 variability....RHEL not so much.