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

Author: Keith Evans

Date: 15:26:56 06/01/05

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On May 31, 2005 at 14:05:52, Christopher Conkie wrote:

>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
>that.
>
>We are all trying to collate information rather than get caught up in some angry
>argument.
>
>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?
>
>Regards
>
>Christopher

How would a programmer go about attaching this particular worm to an exe?
(Please no step by step instructions.) I mean is this an obvious thing, or a
whole tedious procedure to be worked out?

If it's not so obvious how to do this, then ... ?

-Keith



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