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Re: viruses being sent to this list
From: Nick FitzGerald <nick () virus-l demon co uk>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2004 12:16:15 +1200

Gadi Evron <ge () egotistical reprehensible net> wrote:

Hello all, I kept quiet for a while as this is a not moderated mailing
list - but enough is enough.

Today's spoof, of an email supposedly coming from me with an infected
file was a cute trick by whatever kiddie, but doesn't really bother me.

Hmmmmm -- it does seem to have bothered you.

Bagle.N (as it is) has been out for a while now, so I doubt it was 
deliberately posted to the list to look as if it were from you.  The 
odds are extremely high that it got to the list the same way all the 
others have -- by running on a machine with the list's address in one 
of the multitude of file types Bagle.N searches for possible Email 
addresses.  No kiddie or personal animosity to you involved...

<<snip>>
It is also a growing concern among some of us that VX'ers now use this
list to propagate viruses, once they are out in the wild.

Really?

What evidence do you have of that?

Personally, I'd have thought that targetting a mailing list monitored 
and read by a fair cross-section of the top computer security folk 
would be an utter waste of effort if the intention was to deliberately 
spread a virus (already known or not)...

Viruses must not be spread, especially on a security mailing list and to
such a huge audience.

I agree with the sentiment, but the list owners have been pretty 
adamant that they will not install any kind of filtering on the list at 
all.

It is my opinion that it is the _duty_ of the list owners to do
something about this, as it is not only illegal, but it is irresponsible.

Well, it is illegal in some places, and again, although I agree with 
you other sentiments, this has been beaten out before and the list 
owners seem pretty adamant that they will not install any kind of 
filtering (perhaps even to the point where they would shut the list 
down rather than bend to such demands?).

I'd have emailed the list owners privately, ...

You probably should have -- I get the feeling they don't pay a great 
deal of attention to it now...

.. but as I am the latest
victim of the latest spreading mechanism for viruses - Full-Disclosure,
I demand and immediate public announcement on what is going to be done
about this problem.

WHy does this have to be about you?  Just get over it -- anyone who 
posts publicly will experience something like this a few times.  For 
example, I typically get several _true_ bounces per day "returning" 
some undeliverable virus that has sent itself out as if from me and I'm 
sure many others here see the same -- you should kick back a bit, relax 
and adjust...


Regards,

Nick FitzGerald

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