Linux worm wriggles its way into routers, cameras and other devices

Today in Open Source: Beware the Linux.Darlloz worm. Plus: Joe Danger game for Linux, and a screenshot tour of SolydX 201311

By , ITworld |  Open Source, Linux

The Linux.Darlloz Worm
There's a nasty Linux worm wriggling its way into routers, cameras and other devices, according to Ars Technica.

Researchers have discovered a Linux worm capable of infecting a wide range of home routers, set-top boxes, security cameras, and other consumer devices that are increasingly equipped with an Internet connection.

Linux.Darlloz, as the worm has been dubbed, is now classified as a low-level threat, partly because its current version targets only devices that run on CPUs made by Intel, Symantec researcher Kaoru Hayashi wrote in a blog post published Wednesday. But with a minor modification, the malware could begin using variants that incorporate already available executable and linkable format (ELF) files that infect a much wider range of "Internet-of-things" devices, including those that run chips made by ARM and those that use the PPC, MIPS, and MIPSEL architectures.

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This is a good reminder to purchase only devices that can be updated regularly with the latest security patches. Older devices without the capability to install the latest patches seem more vulnerable to Linux.Darlloz.

Joe Danger Coming to Linux
It looks like Linux gamers may get a Christmas present in the form of Joe Danger. The popular game is coming to Linux (and Mac) gamers soon according to PCGamesN.

The versions of Joe Danger hitting the new platforms are, naturally, the existing PC versions, with all their enhanced graphical glory and Steam Workshop support.

Hello Games promisies that Mac and Linux users will be able to jump behind the handlebars of Joe Danger ‘real soon’.

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It looks like Valve's SteamOS is already having a halo effect on Linux gaming. The Joe Danger developers seem to want to be out front in having their product ready for the Steam Machines when they are released.

SolydX 201311 Screenshot Tour
The Coding Studio has a screenshot tour of SolydX 201311.

SolydX and SolydK are Debian-based distributions with the Xfce and KDE desktops. SolydXK aims to be simple to use, providing an environment that is both stable and secure. SolydXK is an open-source alternative for small businesses, non-profit organisations and home users.

SolydX Screenshot Tour

Image credit: The Coding Studio

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You can download this distro from the Solydxk site. Here's a brief bit of the history of it from the About page:

"You find SolydXK’s roots in another great distribution: Linux Mint.

There were two distributions which I liked very much: Linux Mint KDE and Linux Mint Debian Edition. There were once rumors that the two would merge, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. So, I decided to make my own distribution. First as a tutorial in the forum, but later it became known as “The unofficial LMDE KDE”. When Linux Mint dropped their LMDE Xfce edition, I started that one from scratch and “The unofficial LMDE Xfce” was born.

Both these editions were mainly created with the help of the community. Without them they simply wouldn’t exist. Especially with the Xfce edition where the community decided which software was to be included and which software not. So, these distributions are really community driven.

When it became clear that the unofficial editions were not going to become official I decided to take the next step and let these great distributions stand on their own two feet and the unofficials got their proper names: SolydX and SolydK.

SolydXK will not forget its roots. SolydXK and Linux Mint closely work together to make our distributions even better."

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