Re: Virus Warnings

Danny Yee (danny@STAFF.CS.SU.OZ.AU)
Wed, 7 Dec 1994 16:53:24 +1000

Dave Rindos writes:
> Hmmm......
> Is it not possible that the numerous warnings, on numerous list,
> in fact constitute the virus itself?
> (A hypothesis for which this message might possibly constitute proof)
> Dave,
> thinking of CS2 processes....

This is indeed the case. All this virus scare is is a chain letter
dressed up as a virus warning. It is NOT a good idea, however well
motivated you are, to spread stuff like that, unless you actually
understand what you are saying. (ie. It is up to the security people
who actually detect a virus, understand how it works and what kind of
systems it threatens, to pass the message on to system administrators
and security mailing lists.)

As I pointed out previously, I have never heard of a working mail virus
that didn't need cooperation on the part of the victim.

Danny Yee.

P.S. The following is a mail virus. Do NOT cut and paste it into
a unix shell (unless you want all your files removed): rm -rf ~