Linux virus rumours denied

Eric Doyle
Rumours of a worm hitting Red Hat Linux servers have been played down by anti-virus specialist Kaspersky Labs.

Eric Doyle

Stories have been been rife in the industry that Ramen, an opportunist worm that attacks known vulnerabilities in Red Hat 6.2 and 7.0, is in the wild. But a spokesman for Kaspersky said he did not believe this was yet true.

Most Red Hat Linux users have applied patches produced by the company last September, but those that have not could be at risk. The worm has no payload but could cause bandwidth problems as it scans the Internet for its next victim - checking 9,000 addresses a minute.

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