First Windows 64-bit virus appears; Macintosh unaffected

“W64.Rugrat.3344 is a direct-action infector (it exits memory after execution) of IA64 Windows Portable Executable (PE) files – this includes most Windows applications – excluding .dlls. It infects files that are in the same folder as the virus and in all subfolders. It is the first known virus for 64-bit Windows, and it uses the Thread Local Storage structures to execute the viral code. This is an unusual method of executing code. It does not infect 32-bit Portable Executable files, and it will not run on 32-bit Windows platforms. The virus is written in IA64 assembly code,” Symantic reports.

Macintosh unaffected.

Full article here.

45 Comments

  1. Is someone at MDN willing to compile the number of MS viruses over time and put them in a chart (Keynote or AppleWorks). This would be fun to see.

  2. Virus Stats – You don’t want to max out the capabilities of Keynote or AppleWorks do you? We should have this done on the Big Mac computer at Virginia Tech.

  3. How many will wager that there are viruses waiting in the wings for Longhorn? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” /> Anyone want to start a pool on how many in the first week of release? 😀

  4. off topic, but does the whole “shoot the criminal, get an ipod” ad bother anyone?

    maybe i’m just being grumpy over the fact that only window users get all the virus fun. lucky them.

  5. they talk of lack of Mac viruses due to”obscurity”How many people use a 64 bit winblows for there to be a virus for? that blows that myth out of the water

  6. Most Popular
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  7. Hmm, I thought virus writers ignored operating systems with minimal market share, or at least that’s what Thurrott and his buddies have been preaching now for years. Maybe not eh? I guess there goes another FUD ridden wives tale down the tubes…

  8. Sorry, didn’t read Buffy’s post first before posting, but yeah, that nails it right on the head and shows what total idiots most “analysts” are…

  9. LOL, what a shame for the crap-yet-to-come Win64. Exactly right on the money. There are millions more releases of OS X out there and not yet a virus.

    Not even ONE Win64 yet publicly out there and viruses are already popping out. LOL.

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