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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