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CNet’s got the scoop on a cheesy Linux worm. What makes this noteworthy is not that there’s a worm out for Linux, but that this one appears to be doing some good.

This worm appears to be different, however: Dubbed the Cheese worm, the program is basically a self-spreading patch. It enters servers that have already have been compromised by a previous bit of malicious code–the 3-month-old 1i0n worm–and closes the back door behind it, adding security to the system.

Nice to have a virus do some good for once, but upon further consideration, maybe it’s not such a good thing after all.

That doesn’t mean that such a “patch worm” is good, Houle said. “The idea of a patch worm is a nice thought, but it is not a solution,” he said. “Essentially, it’s doing the same thing that any intruder does, which is to modify a system in an unauthorized way and use it to attack other sites.”

It’s an interesting question to ask. Are constructive worms a good thing? Regardless of the bandwidth they take up and the fact that they help without asking? For Joe Poweruser they might be a pain, an affront to personal privacy. To Joe Sixpack, however, could they be a godsend?

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Geoff Gasior Former Managing Editor

Geoff Gasior Former Managing Editor

Geoff Gasior, a seasoned tech marketing expert with over 20 years of experience, specializes in crafting engaging narratives that connect people with technology. At Tech Report, he excelled in editorial management, covering all aspects of computer hardware and software and much more.

Gasior's deep expertise in this field allows him to effectively communicate complex concepts to a wide range of audiences, making technology accessible and engaging for everyone

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