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Re: mac trojan in-the-wild
From: Jay Sulzberger <jays () panix com>
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2007 23:30:55 -0400 (EDT)



On Thu, 1 Nov 2007, Paul Schmehl <pauls () utdallas edu> wrote:

--On November 1, 2007 10:14:50 PM -0400 Jay Sulzberger <jays () panix com> 
wrote:

On Thu, 1 Nov 2007, Paul Schmehl <pauls () utdallas edu> wrote:

--On November 1, 2007 6:31:39 PM -0400 "Adam St. Onge"
<adamst.onge () gmail com> wrote:

So if i put a picture of a naked girl on a website and said to see more
you must open a terminal and enter "rm -rf".


Would we consider this a trojan...or just stupidity?

I would consider it stupidity to think that that is comparable to a
trojan.

Paul Schmehl (pauls () utdallas edu)

I think, under the standard Unix system of permissions, this is a
Trojan.  Under the standard Unix system of permissions, every
application running in my home directory can issue an
'rm -rf /home/me' and, without proper near in time backup, cause
me much annoyance.  The defect lies in the system of permissions.
There exist systems of rolling off-machine backups and minimum
privilege permissions systems, but they are not yet standard.

Perhaps you don't understand what a trojan is.  Its purpose is
to take control of a machine to use it for purposes other than
those to which its owner would put it and without the owners
knowledge or permission. Destroying the machine is contrary to
the design and purpose of a trojan.

Paul Schmehl (pauls () utdallas edu)

If today, common usage of the word "trojan" in this context
requires that the system continue to operate without alerting the
legitimate user that the system has been compromised, then yes,
my use of the word was wrong.  But the Wikipedia article

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_horse_(computing)

suggests that the "Do 'rm -rf .' to see the pretty picture."
Trojan satisfies the definition of Trojan:

<blockquote
   from="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_horse_(computing)">

  < ... />

  In the context of computing and software, a Trojan horse, often
  rendered without capitalization or simply as trojan, is a
  software which purports to do a certain type of action, but in
  fact, performs another.

  < ... />

  Types of Trojan horse payloads

  Trojan horse payloads are almost always designed to do various
  harmful things, but can also be harmless. They are broken down in
  classification based on how they breach and damage systems. The
  nine main types of Trojan horse payloads are:

      * Remote Access.
      * Email Sending
      * Data Destruction

  < ... />

</blockquote>

The thing I call a "Trojan", and you do not, meets the first
condition of the quote.  And it seems to me to have a payload
which commits "Data Destruction".

If I have used the word in a way tending to confusion, I
apologize to all full-disclosurists.

oo--JS.


Senior Information Security Analyst
The University of Texas at Dallas
http://www.utdallas.edu/ir/security/


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