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How USB autorun flaws could bring malware to Linux

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When you hear about malware infecting computers through USB sticks you tend to assume you’re safe on Linux. Theoretically at least, the more we make Linux like a home the less idyllic a fortress of security it becomes…

A presentation highlighting the vulnerabilities of Linux to auto-run attacks was given by IBM’s  Jon Larimer at Shmoocon in late January.

malware on linux - easier than expected

In the eye opening (if a little dense for most) talk, Larimer explains how hackers can abuse these auto-run loopholes to gain access to your system via USB.

Head over to for the full LD or jump head first into the hour-long video recording of the talk tucked beneath.

Cranil via Slashdot