The proof of concept for this malware would infect the users space including
all personal settings ... where is your mail stored ~/home/who/.thunderbird for
To escalate this program sudo can be used to achieve root somewhat easily.
The article description was off, imho it should have been somewhere around the
lines of exploit the auto features in KDE and gnome, maybe why not is having all
these convenient services really good?
Since Linux is following the Windows crowd request of automount and other such
things then these attacks will grow since writing one is trivial and the Windows crowd
and perhaps others will be complacent.
Those that would put forward that Linux users are more prudent than to just click on
that link since Linux is invincible. Linux just like almost any other system can be
successfully exploited. It's just that some are harder to attack than others.