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    Linux Enthusiast Weedman's Avatar
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    finally windows crashes in a BSoD!


    Is the latest virus threat true?

    i got an email saying that it is the "worst virus ever seen".

    finally i have an excellent arguement to put to my parents so i can get them to use linux instead of windows. (if it is true)

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    Only if you don't patch Windows. The person that wrote the virus didn't know about the vulnerability until Microsoft released the patch, Of course this virus only affect computers running Windows 2000.
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    what a bugger!

    still, i can get my parents to start using linux from this.
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    Iirc the virus also efects early versions of XP which haven't been updated etc.
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    XP SP1. just what my dad's comp is...
    "oh dad, your computer is being cracked..."
    Here's why Linux is easier than Windows:
    Package Managers! Apt-Get and Portage (among others) allow users to install programs MUCH easier than Windows can.
    Hardware Drivers. In SuSE, ALL the hardware is detected and installed automatically! How is this harder than Windows' constant disc changing and rebooting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by d38dm8nw81k1ng
    XP SP1. just what my dad's comp is...
    "oh dad, your computer is being cracked..."
    Only pre-SP1 XP and Win2k installs were affected.
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    i'm sure that i read SP1 was affected too.
    Here's why Linux is easier than Windows:
    Package Managers! Apt-Get and Portage (among others) allow users to install programs MUCH easier than Windows can.
    Hardware Drivers. In SuSE, ALL the hardware is detected and installed automatically! How is this harder than Windows' constant disc changing and rebooting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by d38dm8nw81k1ng
    i'm sure that i read SP1 was affected too.
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec...ry/899588.mspx
    While not the current target of these attacks, itís important to note that on Windows XP Service Pack 1 an attacker must have valid logon credentials to try to exploit this vulnerability. The vulnerability could not be exploited remotely by anonymous users. However, the affected component is available remotely to users who have standard user accounts on Windows XP Service Pack 1. The existing attacks are not designed to provide the authentication required to exploit this issue on these operating systems. Even if an administrator has enabled anonymous connections by changing the default setting of the RestrictAnonymous registry key, Windows XP Service Pack 1 systems are not vulnerable remotely by anonymous users.
    As usual those who live to bash Microsoft/Bill Gates pass on bad info in hopes of doing harm to Microsoft.
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    I for one do not keep up with virus threats to Microsoft Windows, and I see no reason for posts like this other than to bash Microsoft. As per recent amendments to the forum rules, this thread is locked.
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