[svlug] Virus FUD

Richard Jennings Richard_Jennings at sandia.gov
Fri May 5 17:31:55 PDT 2000

Here's an article on current email vulnerablities:


At 5:03 PM -0700 5/5/00, Kenneth Kellum wrote:
>Question.  The LOVEBUG worm exploited the ability of a malicious Visual Basic
>program to damage a system.
>If a similar worm was written to attack a Linux system, could a malicious Perl
>(say) program do the same damage to that system?
>I suspect the answer is "no", but I'd like to hear from more knowledgable
>On Fri, 05 May 2000, Richard Jennings wrote:
>> I emailed someone in our corporate headquarters the suggestion that maybe
>> it's time to look at something other than Outlook as a corporate standard.
>> Here was his reply:
>> >Maybe. Maybe not. 2-3 of the natl and intl stories I read on it this
>> >make the point that Outlook was apparently targeted primarily because it's
>> >widely used. If we and most other orgs move to X, then hackers will target
>> >X. there's nothing inherent in Outlook that makes it more vulnerable than
>> >other systems, they point out.
>> I think I'll spend part of the weekend gathering some data to send his
>> way.:) Any pointers appreciated.
>> Richard
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>Kenneth R. Kellum -- San Jose State University
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