Linux Malware Could Run Undetected on Windows: Researchers

By Ionut Arghire on September 12, 2017

A new Windows 10 feature that makes the popular Linux bash terminal available for Microsoft’s operating system could allow for more malware families to target the operating system, Check Point researchers claim.


Called Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), the feature exited beta a couple of months ago and is set to become available to all users in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (FCU), set to be released by Microsoft in October 2017.


The feature brings the Linux command-line shell to Windows, thus allowing users to natively run Linux applications on Windows systems. Because of that, Check Point researchers argue, malware designed for Linux can slip undetected onto Windows computers.


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