Linux Live CD question

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December 1, 2011 at 10:07:24
Specs: XP pro, AMD 64 Athalon x 2
Just now starting to look into putting Puppy Linux on an older machine(puppy seems to be getting along ok with the older and lacking hardware using the live cd) I have been using the Puppy Live CD to get a good look at the os, and to go online, and wanted to keep using the live cd for a while. When using the Puppy Live CD and going online, what would be the chance of virus or malware somehow attaching itself to my computer? If the live cd is running in ram memory, is the rest of the computer immune from malware/virus since when the computer is turned off, anything that was in the ram memory will be deleted, and I would think no changes could be made to the computer. Any thoughts/insight appreciated.

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December 1, 2011 at 11:51:43
Linux is different from Windows & generally does not suffer from virus or malware infections. I doubt you have anything to worry about when running a Live CD, but if you're concerned, simply unplug the hard drive.

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December 1, 2011 at 13:34:21
Live cd's are a plus and a minus in that area. A normal system is protected by not running in root (administrator) account. Many live cd's leave you in root. Also they leave strict firewall features off. Then there is the question of some persistent storage like bios, hard drive or other areas that would survive a reboot.

For the most part, I'd feel comfortable in most cases running a live cd. Every distro and OS has defects that can and will be exploited.

If you want secure they you have to up the game a bit. As I said. A live cd is pretty secure but a bad enough guy could get past it.

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December 2, 2011 at 09:28:38
Thanks for the info, and the tips guys, much appreciated.


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