[PLUG] Mandriva And Mandriva...

Arun Khan knura at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 25 10:35:05 IST 2008

On Sunday 24 Aug 2008, Aditya Laghate wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-08-24 at 20:51 +0530, Arun Khan wrote:
> > On Sunday 24 Aug 2008, म.हा.सा.ग.र wrote:
> >   When I inserted his USB pen drive on my Ubuntu
> > 8.04.1 I noticed a lot of <dir>.exe files created on my hard disk.
> > Obviously, the pen drive was infected but worse yet the virus was
> > able to create the files on my system.  Luckily the damage was
> > contained since the .exe files could not run on my system.  I
> > disabled "auto run" in Nautilus.  Ease of use has it's down side.
> This is funny!! I have till date (in the last 10 years) never seen a
> virus file replicating on Linux!! Are you sure it came from the
> pen-drive and not were already present??

Funny perhaps to you :(  I too thought my desktop was immune to such 
vulnerabilities.  Yes, I am sure the <dir>.exe files were not there 
before inserting the pen drive. 

> Because, by logic and theory, the executable on the pen-drive CANNOT
> execute on Linux. A windows executable CANNOT run on Linux.

I do not know how the files got installed.   I am suspecting something 
was in the autorun.inf.

Arun Khan

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