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Source: smoothwall.net - Posted by Pax Dickinson   
Security According to a report from antivirus company Kaspersky, Mozilla.org recently hosted Linux versions of the Mozilla browser and Thunderbird mail client that were infected with the Linux RST.b virus. The versions involved were the localised Korean releases, and they have now been removed. RST.b infects ELF executable files to insert a backdoor onto the victim's computer and automatically downloads exploit scripts from an Internet site.

Unfortunately as Linux grows in popularity it is inevitable that it will attract attention from authors of malicious code. While certain features of Linux make it more resistant to virus infection, it is certainly not immune. Viruses in the Linux world are rare, but they are not unheard of. It is essential to provide protection against malicious software on all platforms in order to ensure consistent security.

This report comes hot on the heals of Secunia's announcement of an extremely critical vulnerability in the Unix/Linux versions of the Firefox web browser. It seems that Firefox's honeymoon period is well and truly over!

Read this full article at smoothwall.net

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