Linux vulnerable to USB worms

Posted by henke54 on Feb 9, 2011 5:52 PM EDT
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At the ShmooCon hacker conference, security expert Jon Larimer from IBM's X-Force team demonstrated that Linux is far from immune from attacks via USB storage devices: during his presentation, the expert obtained access to a locked Linux system using a specially crafted USB flash drive, taking advantage of a mechanism that allows many desktop distributions to automatically recognise and mount newly connected USB storage devices and display the contents of the device, in this case, in the Nautilus file explorer. The desktop will do this even if the screensaver is already active.

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Comment to the article nails it... JaseP 6 939 Feb 10, 2011 7:06 PM

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