Suicide Linux is a trojan/program for Linux that changes any incorrect command to run:

rm -rf /*

Deleting all data on the root partition.


Suicide Linux

Suicide Linux

Upon installation, it hooks into all terminal sessions created by the user. The payload by default can't activate due to the fact that Linux doesn't launch terminal sessions as superuser (which would allow the root partition deletion to take place) in turn preventing the execution of the payload. However if the terminal is launched as a super user (or by typing "sudo su", permanently putting the terminal into superuser mode) and if a command is misspelled, Suicide Linux will processes it as rm -rf /*, deleting all data on the drive, rendering the operating system unusable and unable to boot up.


It is disputed as to whether Suicide Linux is malware or not, as it has to be installed by the user knowing its intention. However, there is a chance it may be installed silently in the background while installing a separate program (similar to Transmission's KeRanger ransomware.) Via a malicious or tainted package.

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