The fans of other OS often claim that given a large enough share to bother malware creators GNU/Linux will be a target so there’s no need to migrate to GNU/Linux for security. Chuckle…
Here’s an example of a “botnet” that does target every PC running Java, including GNU/Linux.
“They show that about 16 per cent of infections hit Macs. They didn’t show any infections on Linux machines. Turner said that Jnanabot attacks on the open source platform weren’t able to survive a reboot.”
Ever wonder why there’s a /tmp/ directory in GNU/Linux? Perhaps this is a good use for it.
One wonders why MacOS and that other OS don’t take care of their users. Perhaps it’s because Apple and M$ don’t bother to meddle with middle-ware and third parties cannot. With FLOSS, anyone can meddle with the middle-ware and do it right. Not only the authours of Java but the operators of distros and their bug-hunters also get a shot at fixing problems in the whole system be it the kernel, the system, the middle-ware or the applications.
This data also shows that the argument that share matters a lot in security is false. MacOS has a much lower share than 16%. Why are they hit so often? It’s because GNU/Linux is hardly hit at all. Java applications shouldn’t care what OS someone is using to operate. Why would the malware authours not go after GNU/Linux machines using Java?