Recently I got into an exchange with someone on social media about the security of Linux versus OSX and Windows. I stated that it is possible (and probable) that someone could code a low level back door ( or whatever pesky malware they desire), and put it into the open source Linux code they downloaded, as well as add all of the proprietary software that Ubuntu has; compile it to an iso and label it as “UbuNtU”. This new iso would install an OS that would look and feel like the real ubuntu, however it would have a back door that nobody could see. This would require a faked checksum as well, but that is somewhat besides the point because it can be faked too. (also the user might be just given a usb from a trusted source with the fake iso). My question is straightforward, could somebody create a fake Ubuntu with a back door by compiling the open source software into an iso and labeling it as “UbUnTu”. I would also like to add that this can be done with OSX and Windows however it would be much more difficult due to that fact that neither of these are open source!
I strongly believe that open source software is more vulnerable to hackers point blank!