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NewsForge: OpenOffice.org Virus Debunked by Experts

Jun 05, 2006, 15:15 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Kaspersky Lab, a manufacturer of anti-virus software, claims to have discovered a macro virus for StarOffice and OpenOffice.org. The claim has received widespread media attention on the Internet as the first of its kind. However, according to experts, the alleged virus is nothing more than the use of a long-existing capability in the StarBasic macro language (also known as OOo Basic). Although the potential for malicious macros exists, they can be easily guarded against.

"Labelled Stardust, the alleged virus was first described on May 30 in a blog from a Kaspersky Lab virus analyst who posts as Kostya. According to the blog, 'It's written in StarBasic. It downloads an image file (with adult content) from the Internet and then opens this file in a new document.' The story first appeared on May 31, with the additional caveat that it is a proof-of-concept virus only, and has not been in circulation..."

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