BadBunny, a proof-of-concept virus introduced last month, is now affecting systems on a larger scale. The virus that spreads via malicious OpenOffice documents infects Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X systems.
Excerpt from an article at ZDNet:
"A new worm is being distributed within malicious OpenOffice documents. The worm can infect Windows, Linux and Mac OS X systems," according to a Symantec Security Response advisory. "Be cautious when handling OpenOffice files from unknown sources."
The virus executes different components for different operating systems that it detects:
- On Linux: It drops badbunny.py as an XChat script and drops badbunny.pl, a Perl virus infecting other Perl files.
- On Mac: It installs one of two Ruby script viruses (in files called badbunny.rb or badbunnya.rb).
OpenOffice virus Badbunny hops across Operating Systems (CNET News.com)
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