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

A self-professed, lifelong “tinkerer and explorer,” Larry always wanted to know how things work. “I found myself getting to engage in deep dives of technology from an early age: My dad built the family television from a kit, and I helped. It caught fire. Twice. I helped fix it both times.”

The help and advice received from the infosec community throughout his career inspired him to share what he had learned to help others secure their networks and improve their craft. Part of that ongoing sharing has been as the co-founder and co-host of the international award winning Paul’s Security Weekly podcast for more than 19 years.

Larry has spent the last 15 years as a penetration tester, spending lots of time focused on Healthcare, ICS/OT, Wireless, and IoT/IIoT/Embedded Devices, but now focuses his efforts on securing the software supply chain at Finite State.

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