On 12/04/06, Kevanf1 <kevanf1(a)gmail.com> wrote:
In case anybody has seen the sensationalist headlines proclaiming a
virus that infects both Windows and Linux PCs (pity it wasn't
announced on April 1st). Check this website out:
It gives a little more information about it. I would say that the
site is slightly biased :-) on the Linux side, but it does ask
Yeah, I saw both the headlines and the Newsforge rebuttal. My first
thought on seeing the headlines was "How is this news?" Some time ago,
DannyB posted a method to OOoForum on how a binary file could be
encoded into OpenOffice basic:
This could be used to put Mac, Windows & Linux executables into an OOo
file. The file, when opened, would run the appropriate executable, and
if it was a virus, it could go and do it's nasty thing.
Viruses are possible for Linux, and have been for ages. Let's face it,
the VBScript viruses that are common on Windows are the equivalent of
shell scripts in Linux. But, if you don't run as administrator/root
then the damage a virus can do is limited.
I still think a healthy dose of paranoia is the best defence.