Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Linux magazine prints rootkit manual!

The magazine for Linux users Linux Magazine has published an article entitled 'How to write a rootkit'. The piece is the cover story for the August issue of the magazine. According to the magazine's website the aim of the article is to arm systems administrators with the knowledge they need to stop rootkits - and anti-rootkit technology is examined elsewhere in the magazine. However, this does not detract from the fact that much of the cover article is devoted to an in-depth description of the routines required by a successful kernel rootkit - including example code. To see this piece of irresponsible journalism for yourself, visit The magazine itself did a test 6 months ago about some Linux av-scanners. The articles were definitely not independently written if you look carefully to the authors. Again an example of bad journalism. Linux experts please at least try to interview some known anti-malware experts before you try the next time to create some good articles. And please ... 'open-source' or 'free' is NOT always the best thing.