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Old 2019-01-03, 17:45   #12
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A prudent person will hesitate to run random software, even forwarded to them by someone they've known all their lives. One of my sisters used to forward me things in email like elfbowl.exe, that she got from a friend, who got it from a friend, etc. She thought I was being unreasonable and paranoid and resistant to sharing the harmless fun, when I asked her to stop sending them, as I had no intention of running them. Then one day she had to pay the local computer store to reinstall her operating system and everything else, except her personal data that was gone forever.
When one of the requirements is to run the suspect software from an unknown source as root, extra skepticism is justified.

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