[Python-Dev] Antigen found CorruptedCompressedUuencodeFile virus

Thomas Wouters thomas@xs4all.net
Sun, 27 Apr 2003 23:40:11 +0200

On Sun, Apr 27, 2003 at 12:25:43PM -0400, Daniel Berlin wrote:

> Yes, it's the incredible "even if it was valid uuencoded text, it would 
> be a very dangerous empty file" virus.
> Who designs this shite?

Someone who was paying attention to the incredibly numerous problems with
braindead mailprograms (oddly enough by far the most common of them on one
particular platform, and from one particular vendor ;) If there is a problem
with some kind of pattern, somewhere someone will write a program to block
the pattern, and lots of people will use/buy it. It beats getting infected.

> What's next?
> "Antigen for Exchange found Unknown infected with 
> YourMailerCantDoMIMEProperly virus"
> or maybe
> "Antigen for Exchange found Unknown infected with YouQuotedTooMuchText 
> virus"

If those viruses actually exist, yes, I'm certain you will see them.

> or more likely
> "Antigen for Exchange found our entire organization infected with 
> WeUseBrainDeadAntiVirusSoftware virus"

You mean 'WeUseBrainDeadMailClientsAndMailServers'. No worries, though,
it's not python-dev itself that checks for viruses, and whoever has his or
her viruschecker on the unpopular 'warn everyone on the CC list too' setting
will proably be frantically trying to fix it now :)

Thomas Wouters <thomas@xs4all.net>

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