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Bliss: The Facts
From: jared () WOLVERINE HQ CIC NET (Jared Mauch)
Date: Sat, 8 Feb 1997 12:11:45 -0500

        For everyone to peruse.

----- Forwarded message from Alan Cox -----

From: alan () lxorguk ukuu org uk (Alan Cox)
Subject: Bliss: The Facts
Date:   Sat, 8 Feb 1997 01:24:30 +0000 (GMT)

1.      Bliss is a real program

2.      Its really a trojan rather than a virus, but has a few simple worm
        like properties.

It works like this

        When it runs it attempts to replace some system binaries with itself
        and move the system binaries into /tmp/.bliss. Having done this
        it runs /tmp/.bliss/programname

        In order for it to succeed it means someone has pulled binary only
        code from a third party and run it at some point as root or a
        suitably priviledged user. People should NEVER be doing that anyway

        The technique used is totally portable, it will work under any OS,
        regardless of security because it does not circumvent the security
        of the system, it relies on people with priviledge to do something

        The second attack it makes which is fairly crude is to try and rsh
        to other machines and stage attacks on those. Thus given a set of
        machines which totally trust each other it can spread.

Bliss is (fortunately) a mere toy and a demonstration of these techniques.
With any OS you must be careful what you install. With a protected mode
OS like Linux a user cannot do untold damage to others but root can. The
recent demonstrations of things like an activeX object that looks for
credit details in windows95 money and access databases is hopefully a
reminder to all

o       Use a distribution that lets you verify packages are ok and
        preferably uses digital signatures

o       Install using sources from reputable sites. Check digital
        signatures on what you are installing

Whatever the OS, whatever the security.....


----- End of forwarded message from Alan Cox -----

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