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Open Source in Hacker Cross-Hairs?

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Earlier this week, Symantec warned of an OpenOffice worm, Badbunny, that can infect Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems. When an infected document is opened, the worm launches a macro. What that macro does, according to ZDNet, depends on the operating system:

On Windows systems, it drops a file called drop.bad, which is moved to the system.ini file in the user's mIRC folder. It also executes the JavaScript virus badbunny.js, which replicates to other files in the folder.

 

On Apple Mac systems, the worm drops one of two Ruby script viruses in files respectively called badbunny.rb and badbunnya.rb.

 

On Linux systems, the worm drops both badbunny.py as an XChat script and badbunny.pl as a Perl virus.

Today, silicon.com writer Aaron Tan notes that the worm may be a harbinger of increased attacks on open source programs. It's not that open source itself is more vulnerable, a Symantec rep says, but that open source's increasing popularity is grabbing the attention of malware writers.

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