Is this really the worst Linux virus in history?
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Is this really the worst Linux virus in history?
« on: July 26, 2019, 07:13:18 AM »
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In this video, I go over one of the worst viruses in the history of Linux... EVIL GNOME! This is the worst one I have ever seen as it does a multitude of very bad things, which I go over in the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i7fXe1bWyU



Is it really as bad as Chris Titus makes out?

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Re: Is this really the worst Linux virus in history?
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2019, 12:25:29 PM »
the fact of the matter is people really have nothing better to do with there time and cause trouble for other people cause there not happy in there lives.
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Re: Is this really the worst Linux virus in history?
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2019, 10:52:49 AM »
Remember what UNCLE LINUS said... "More eyes on the code and bugs become shallow..." this is also true for viruses. As soon as a virus is identified, it is patched and sent out... Gotta love FOSS!
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Re: Is this really the worst Linux virus in history?
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2019, 02:27:41 PM »
Is it really as bad as Chris Titus makes out?

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Honestly, I don't think so. You would more than likely have to go out of your way with downloading GNOME extensions or sketchy software from untrusted sources to manage to run into this. In addition, seems like it only affects just the GNOME desktop environment as it runs just as an extension. I'm guessing unless you use multiple desktop environments and happen to have GNOME installed as a secondary, etc.

I agree with Spatry, the beauty of Linux is that it is being constantly developed and when stuff like this is found out, it gets patched pretty fast.

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Re: Is this really the worst Linux virus in history?
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2019, 05:32:33 PM »
I wasn't really worried about this and I hop between GNOME and KDE on Debian. Information like this, depending on how it's delivered, typically makes things seem worse than they really are.

This seems to have been patched as far as I can tell on Debian...
https://security-tracker.debian.org/tracker/source-package/patch
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Re: Is this really the worst Linux virus in history?
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2019, 04:13:13 PM »
Ha, Ha, Ha! Fancy giving gnome-look.org the all clear - this was my comment on his channel:
"I was surprised you gave gnome-look.org as a safe environment to download extensions - some years back they let malwared theme get through - Ubundows - when unpacked, the theme used the defacto 'nix command to wipe a drive clean. So before extracting: Inspect 3rd Party .deb packages before installing: These should always be inspected before 'extracting' as whilst not a virus, malicious code could be lurking there:
"I always open the debs and check for suspicious post-install scripts
This is how to do that. ... Listing the files from a debian package using dpkg -c dpkg is the package manager for debian. So using dpkg command you can list and extract the packages, as shown below. To view the content of *.deb file:
Code:
       : $ dpkg -c ovpc_1.06.94-3_i386.deb
        dr-xr-xr-x root/root 0 2010-02-25 10:54 ./
        dr-xr-xr-x root/root 0 2010-02-25 10:54 ./ovpc/
        dr-xr-xr-x root/root 0 2010-02-25 10:54 ./ovpc/pkg/
        dr-xr-xr-x root/root 0 2010-02-25 10:54 ./ovpc/pkg/lib/
        dr-xr-xr-x root/root 0 2010-02-25 10:48 ./ovpc/pkg/lib/header/
        -r-xr-xr-x root/root 130 2009-10-29 17:06 ./ovpc/pkg/lib/header/libov.so
        .
        .
        .
        -r-xr-xr-x root/root 131 2009-10-29 17:06 ./ovpc/pkg/etc/conf
        dr-xr-xr-x root/root 0 2010-02-25 10:54 ./ovpc/pkg/etc/conf/log.conf

Extracting the files from a debian package using dpkg -x

Use dpkg -x to extract the files from a deb package as shown below.

Code:
       :
      $ dpkg -x ovpc_1.06.94-3_i386.deb /tmp/ov
      $ ls /tmp/ov
      ovpc

DEB files are ar archives, which always contains the three files — debian-binary, control.tar.gz, and data.tar.gz. We can use ar command and tar command to extract and view the files from the deb package, as shown below.

First, extract the content of *.deb archive file using ar command.
Code:
       :
       $ ar -vx ovpc_1.06.94-3_i386.deb
       x - debian-binary
       x - control.tar.gz
       x - data.tar.gz
       $

Next, extract the content of data.tar.gz file as shown below.

Code:
       :
       $ tar -xvzf data.tar.gz
       ./
       ./ovpc/
       ./ovpc/pkg/
       ./ovpc/pkg/lib/
       ./ovpc/pkg/lib/header/
       ./ovpc/pkg/lib/header/libov.so
       .
       .
       ./ovpc/pkg/etc/conf
       ./ovpc/pkg/etc/conf/log.con "
[With acknowledgement to Blackwolf on ultimateeditionoz.com forum – sadly the forum is no more]. For installng Gnome extensions you should install Gnome Tweaks and then use the official site for extenstions: https://extensions.gnome.org/ For accessibility reasons, Gnome outstrips KDE's accessibility Apps and only Orca runs well on Zorin 15 Menu - Orca does not work correctly with Cinnamon DE. For inclusivity for all users, Gnome is still the best.