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Linux distros infected?


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#1 Hedgehog83

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 01:51 PM

Hi,

I was using Ubuntu 14.04 and also 14.04.03. I ran Malwarebytes on it and was surprised to see several Trojans and backdoors on the PC. First, I thought that it was something that happened because of me. But getting suspicious, I checked my Zorin 9 installation, and to my surprise, it had several Trojans and backdoors as well. I used Malwarebytes to find these as well. The last system was hardly used. This makes me think that the image was infected when I got it. Could it be that the distros are distributed with malware, or are those just false positives?



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 01:55 PM

That's interesting as Malwarebytes doesn't make an edition for linux as far as I know and you can't scan an EXT linux partition using Malwarebytes for Windows. They do make a scanner for MAC though. You should post the inquiry in the linux forum.


Edited by JohnC_21, 10 February 2016 - 01:57 PM.


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Posted 10 February 2016 - 02:03 PM

Oh, okay. I used Malwarebytes through Wine.



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Posted 10 February 2016 - 02:30 PM

Okay, I see. I don't think that would work unless is finds trojans on some Windows files you downloaded. This would be a good question to ask in the linux forum and I would be interested in the answer as well. Good Luck.



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Posted 10 February 2016 - 02:44 PM

Check with Zorin itself would be my first action. If the image was infected, you wouldn't be the only one with the issue. I suspect that MBAM was seeing something in other files not related to Zorin or they were FPs. I wouldn't try to run programs like that through Wine, but that's just me.



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Posted 10 February 2016 - 02:49 PM

I am new to Linux and wanted to know your opinion as to why you wouldn't run Malwarebytes through Wine.



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Posted 10 February 2016 - 04:18 PM

Hi

 

Using Malwarebytes in Wine to scan Linux is a pointless exercise and will result in false positives if it even works. Malwarebytes is made for Windows operating system and looks for Windows based Malware.

 

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Edited by NickAu, 10 February 2016 - 04:22 PM.

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 06:14 PM

Also posted in Linux here http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/605085/linux-distros-infected/

All discussion of this issue will continue in that topic.

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