Proof of Concept virus can infect both Windows and Linux

Kaspersky Labs are reporting that they have discovered a Proof of Concept (PoC) virus that can infect both Linus ELF files and Windows PE files. Kaspersky states that clearly this is only a PoC.

We have all seen this before – it doesn’t take long for a PoC to become reality.  I’m wondering how long it takes for something like this to be come a reality, and in fact to be come “standard practice” for virus writers.

Just a reminder, just because you run OS X, Linux or other *nix variant, doesn’t mean that you are immune form viruses.  Practice Defense in depth, because the threats are out there for every OS.

– Larry

New PoC virus can infect both Windows and Linux

Larry Pesce

Larry’s core specialties include hardware and wireless hacking, architectural review, and traditional pentesting. He also regularly gives talks at DEF CON, ShmooCon, DerbyCon, and various BSides. Larry holds the GAWN, GCISP, GCIH, GCFA, and ITIL certifications, and has been a certified instructor with SANS for 5 years, where he trains the industry in advanced wireless and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) hacking. Larry’s independent research for the show has led to interviews with the New York Times with MythBusters’ Adam Savage, hacking internet-connected marital aids on stage at DEFCON, and having his RFID implant cloned on stage at Shmoocon. Larry is also a Principal Instructor and Course Author for the SANS Institute for SEC617: Wireless Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking and SEC556: IoT Penetration Testing. When not hard at work, Larry enjoys long walks on the beach weighed down by his ham radio, (DE KB1TNF), and thinking of ways to survive the impending zombie apocalypse.

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