Linux Vulnerabilities Creep Toward the Desktop
Source: Anne Zieger - Posted by Joe Shakespeare   
Host Security As Linux increasingly hits the enterprise Relevant and consumer mainstream, a growing number of security threats are emerging which prey on holes in applications and files managed by desktop users.

On Wednesday of this week, Linux vendors Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT), Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL) and Mandrakesoft released patches for several vulnerabilities. These threats ranged from the moderate to highly critical, as ranked by Danish security monitoring firm Secunia.

While some focused on network vulnerabilities familiar to any network administrator -- such as problems exploiting buffer overflow -- several holes were also found affecting common desktop applications and files.

"End users are inundated with applications which haven't been scrutinized properly," says Dave Wreski, CEO of open-source Internet security company Guardian Digital and the author of widely used Linux security documentation. "I think you're going to see an increase in the number of vulnerabilities as more people use Linux."

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