OpenOffice catches a virus

By Derek Sooman on June 1, 2006, 2:25 PM
OpenOffice has caught its first virus. Kaspersky Lab claims that they have discovered a virus called Stardust that is capable of infecting OpenOffice and StarOffice. Macro viruses of this type are usually associated with Microsoft Office, but now it appears that malware writers are turning their hand to other office applications. Written in Star Basic, Stardust downloads an image file with adult content from the Internet and opens that file in a new document. So far, it has not been spotted in the wild, but this may be a sign of things to come.

OpenOffice is an office-productivity suite which is approximately comparable to Microsoft Office. It was previously known as StarOffice before it became an open-source project. It includes OpenWriter - a word processor, OpenCalc - a spreadsheet and OpenImpress - a presentational package, and requires the X-Windows System if ran on a *IX operating system. There is a Windows version available.




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DragonMaster said:
I just open M$ Word documents from the Internet with OpenOffice.
canadian said:
I use gmail for doc files every now and then.
milniko said:
I will just repead one comment from groklaw.net:"Macro "virus" that is not malicious and hasn't infected anybody and isn't even trying to and if it did would affect only your work space and can't spread unless you work at it is written by someone with unknown motives and posted as a theoretical virus on a blog of a company that sells antivirus software. It doesn't infect OpenOffice.org, although it could be rewritten to do so and poses a theoretical threat, should it ever actually be written and released, if you enable macros, which you don't have to to run OOo, and if you do, you would get a warning message asking if you wish to open the document. The I-Luv-MS media world goes mad with joy, writing intense warning articles that people are not safe in GNU/Linux either"Thanks
Electrick Gypsy said:
[url]http://www.betanews.com/article/OpenOfficeorg_Theres_No_
irus/1149282901[/url]
enasni said:
milniko it sounds as though you are a malware writer....were you trying to spell milinko?If you have sympathy for malware writers then take a reality check because computers cost a lot of money and malware writers just discard that factor so that they can use their new programs on the innocent.
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