1. chaoskagami

    chaoskagami G̷̘̫̍̈́̊̓̈l̴̙͔̞͠i̵̳͊ţ̸̙͇͒̓c̵̬̪̯̥̳͒͌̚h̵̹̭͛̒̊̽̚
    Developer

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2016
    Messages:
    1,349
    Country:
    United States
    Friendly reminder that malware is not by definition self-replicating. That's a worm, which is a specific type of malware. There are very few worms because they require unpatched zero-days to really do any damage, and in this era of non-executable memory, stack canaries and ROP chains that's extremely difficult to perform reliably.

    Also, arguably, it's both harder and easier to exploit open-source systems. Easier, because you can read the code and find an exploitable bug rather than having to reverse engineer code. Harder, because someone probably already read that code and fixed it before you could do anything with it.
     
    Last edited by chaoskagami, Jan 19, 2020
    alexander1970 likes this.
  2. Kwyjor

    Kwyjor GBAtemp Advanced Fan
    Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2018
    Messages:
    718
    Country:
    Canada
    I remember viruses back in the day as copying themselves into different executables all over the hard drive and into floppy disk boot sectors. And occasionally doing horrible things in Outlook/Outlook Express.

    But then, it would be pretty hard to viruses to spread that way anymore since no one is using bootable floppies or sharing random executables from their hard drives. I'm not sure people even use Outlook anymore all that much outside of mostly-secure business environments.
     
    Last edited by Kwyjor, Jan 19, 2020
    alexander1970 likes this.
  3. thewannacryguy

    thewannacryguy Advanced Member
    Newcomer

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2019
    Messages:
    90
    Country:
    Korea, North
    When I was younger I reformatted my computer, making it a few years behind on security patches. Without waiting for the automatic updates to install, I went on some adult websites. Adware got installed on my computer pretty quickly so I had to reformat it again. This was back on Windows XP which was less secure than Windows 10 is.
     
    alexander1970 likes this.
Draft saved Draft deleted
Loading...

Hide similar threads Similar threads with keywords - Computer, FIRST, Virus