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Is The Growth of ANDROID OS a threat to Linux - malware etc?

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With hackers etc. targeting the popular OS and browsers etc, MS Windows and associated software have been the target of malware, viruses etc.  Android OS is now the next obvious target with all the mobile internet of things- phones, tablets Chromebooks etc.  Isn't Android based on linux, and if so, will that eventually make linux OS flavours  more vulnerable i.e risking the safety of linux as an OS.

I understand that there are some MAC OS viruses - because of the market share of IPADs?

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Re: Is The Growth of ANDROID OS a threat to Linux - malware etc?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2014, 07:46:07 PM »
 

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One only runs into problems with Android when you go outside the Play Store for software. Somebody COULD develop a malware PPA or other exploit for Linux, I suppose, but it's extremely unlikely, and even if they did, it wouldn't stay around long; their keycode would be yanked.

I HAVE heard that some of the Russian hackers are working on some of their phishing and POS exploits for Linux now as well as Windows, but they've not 'gone mainstream' with them yet. When I went through Moscow during a trip to Russia in 2001, I remember visiting a store that had almost every software title you can imagine. They were ALL *PIRATED* copies...

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Re: Is The Growth of ANDROID OS a threat to Linux - malware etc?
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2014, 10:50:24 PM »
 

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There's always the "other" type of malware: the dreaded telemarketing call and telemarketing text message.

I get the occasional sales call (one per month or less) but those are easy to fight. I just igore it if I don't recognize the number. If it's a legit call they'll leave a message.

Now the telemarketing text message I get a little more frequently. Around two per month, which is so small it doesn't concern me and I do have unlimited texting.

But I always wonder if either of these or both could get a little worse. How many would be bothersome? Say you got 5-10 of each per month. What do you think?
 

Re: Is The Growth of ANDROID OS a threat to Linux - malware etc?
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2014, 02:29:56 AM »
 

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The Linux architecture is already very secure by design. After all, its used in servers and supercomputers all day long (90% percent of supercomputers anyway use Linux). That's not to say that Viruses / Malware can exploit a security hole that would bypass the security architecture. Once the Virus / Malware is released, The Linux Foundation will be quick to respond and push out a security update to the kernel. It's already done pretty fast anyway, at least once a week for really bleeding edge DIY distros (Arch / Manjaro Linux or Gentoo). So yeah, even when there is a Virus, it'll get patched up pretty quick.

I suggest if your a Virus / Malware developer, do us all a favor and just do it for Windows only. Even Macintosh is fairly secure from Viruses / Malware, with the exception of the NSA spying. Linux is NSA-Free! I'll promise you that! ;)
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Re: Is The Growth of ANDROID OS a threat to Linux - malware etc?
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2014, 03:08:22 PM »
 

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Owning a Acer C710 dual core celeron, 4gig ram, 16 gig SSD ,chromeOS, chromebook myself.

I'd rather deal with owning that than a Windows 8 netbook with the same specs.
Being a full time Linux user instead of a Windows Power user gives me a edge on
keeping clear of malware.

If your mind is hard wired from Windows use, then yeah. You download willy nilly stuff
from the net without thinking about the consequences or doing research first before
hitting a run button.
 
So no, I do not think of Android as a threat. Maybe a PITA might describe it better being as the hardware
that is comes on is locked out with special hoops to jump through to jail break them.
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