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PHP 'proof of concept' virus uncovered

by Phiber on January 9th, 2001 Could an army of PHP scripting viruses be on the way? A new strain of viruses written in the widespread scripting language PHP could be on the way according to Anti-virus company Central Command....


Could an army of PHP scripting viruses be on the way? A new strain of viruses written in the widespread scripting language PHP could be on the way according to Anti-virus company Central Command. A "proof of concept" virus, dubbed PHP.NewWorld, written in Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) scripting language, was found by Central Command last week. PHP is a popular free server scripting language and, although NewWorld is not especially harmful, Central Command believes it could spawn a hoard of copycat viruses written in PHP.
Although PHP.NewWorld can infect machines from a server it is not capable of spreading by itself and does not damage files on infected machines. However, Central Command product manager Steve Sundermeier suggests NewWorld could inspire more dangerous types of viruses written in PHP. "It can be modified to have a very destructive payload and marks a new step towards a new virus generation. Because the PHP language is absolutely free, we are anticipating that copycats of this PHP script virus will become prominent and will have much more damaging consequences in the near future."....

[ZDNet]


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