Lazy Linux sysadmins make systems insecure

    Date05 Oct 2009
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    SOME LAZY Linux administrators are living in a dreamworld where they believe their systems are secure just because they use Linux, according to an insecurity expert. Peter Hansteen claims that a third round of low-intensity, distributed bruteforce password attacks is now in progress because of sloppy admin practices on Linux systems. So far about a thousand servers have been compromised. Writing in his blog, Hansteen said that many systems administrators seem to believe that they cannot be attacked successfully because they are not running a bug-ridden proprietary operating system.

    He said the latest wave of attacks is quite easy to stop, if systems admins pay attention.

    The likely culprit is a piece of Linux malware known as dt_ssh5.

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