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JPEG virus FUDfest

07/17/2002

Bruce Schneier has this to say about McAfee's announcement of a JPEG virus:

"The second point is that this isn't an example of the above
phenomenon. There is no executable virus hidden in the JPEG. Near as I
can tell, Perrun isn't even a virus. It's a program file -- an EXE file --
that inserts code into JPEG files. Without the EXE file, nothing
happens. It only works if you're already infected with an extractor that
reads the code out of the images. This is worse than lame; it's stupid. I
am stunned that any competent virus researcher considered this worth a
second glance."


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