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BAT.CMDFlood - Possible Spyware

Postby burke » Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:59 pm

Has anyone run across this spyware or whatever it is in TeXLive 2011? BAT.CMDFlood

It was found (on two different machines) using ClamXav:
/usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf-dist/context/data/scite/ BAT.CMDFlood FOUND
ERROR: Can't unlink '/usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf-dist/context/data/scite/': Permission denied

To elaborate: It is also in the 2010 distribution but not 2009.

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Postby gefion777 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:43 am

Found BAT.CMDFlood today on my Mac using ClamXav. Viewed the file in a terminal window using the "More" command. At the beginning the file looks similar to the english version ( Later strange non-latin characters and several Unicode U+200C characters (zero-width non-joiner) show up.

Seems to be either a corrupted or a hijacked language file.

Decided to delete it using a sudo rm command.

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Postby justdeath » Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:09 pm

This is written in Persian language.
The filename is:
Obviously pe is short from Persian.|en|
The language is also known as Farsi, that is why google says fa.

You can translate some strings to see for yourself.


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