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Subject: Re: The language barrier........

Author: Christopher Conkie

Date: 11:05:52 05/31/05

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Hello Dann,

Well I don't want the kind of destructive argument that did take place in that
thread and I contacted them.

This was what they did to rectify that situation and I respect their decision in

We are all trying to collate information rather than get caught up in some angry

Someone said they had contacted Symantec and did not provide any supporting
evidence. I asked for it and got diddly squat.

I don't believe it ever happened and that there is no mail.

I could however contact them if you like. I think however that the answer from
them will pretty much be what is on their webpage.

To embed a script in an exe before compilation would require some
transformation. There is no proof anywhere that this nastiness attaches itself
to anything. It just does not work like that.

I still have a copy of the offending exe and if any programmer would like to
take up the challenge, it could be made available to them. I have musterred all
my web power to try to provide a sane and logical explanation for this as I
personally do not wish that this is true.

I would have an explanation (at a very long stretch) if the exe was just named
Fafis.exe and did not play chess. But it does, so on all known information it
must have been attached. There are no known mechanisms that attach this
particular file to something else.

Not only that but the file is both compressed and encrypted.

Also the script is in a different language. For compilation to succeed it would
need to be translated for the compile to be successful. I've tried it.

I still hope that there is a reasonable answer out there but like all others
await the examination of the code. I hope it is the same code including said
nastiness and then maybe we can discover how it is inside there.

If you would like me to contact Symantec (or any anti-virus company) to get a
definative answer I can. Any responses I can publish for the benefit of those
who did use the file.

I just can't see an explanation anywhere. I would like to be wrong but......

Shall I send them a mail? I'm sure that they will reply. They might be able to
examine it for themselves and explain how. What do you think?



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