Virus affects both Windows and Linux

Monday, 3 June 2002, 1:03 PM EST

Win32,Linux}/Simile.D is a very complex virus that uses entry-point obscuring, metamorphism, and polymorphic decryption. The virus contains no destructive payload, but infected files may display messages on certain dates.

It is the fourth variant of the Simile family. This variant introduces a new infection mechanism on Intel Linux platforms, infecting 32-bit ELF files (a standard Unix binary format). The virus infects Portable Executable (PE) files as well as ELFs on both Linux and Win32 systems. Symantec has not received any submissions of this virus from customers.

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