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Re: encrypting virus (KOH)
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Well, perhaps any discussion of viruses tends to cause feelings to run
high, so perhaps the author of potassium hydroxide shouldn't have
termed his program a virus.
I don't see any difference between Stacker 3.0 and its stacked disk
option that compresses files on a floppy and inserts a small
decompression routine there as well, and the encrypting "program" I
posted information on. Well, besides the fact the Stacker compresses
and potassium hydroxide encrypts.
> Anything a virus could beneficially do, a legitimate,
> non-replicating program can do better.
Well, if I were more proficient in assembly I might code an encrypting
Stacker program. Perhaps you will take the public domain code,
disassemble it and improve it, elevating it from "virus" status.
> Also, every virus harbors the potential for damage. No programmer
> (read: virus author) can possibly know each and every environment
> where the code will be introduced.
Yes, this may be true, and applied to every program ever written, not
Not to insult anybody, but if memory serves PGP had a bug which
destroyed files on hard drives.... why, even Microsoft's CHKDSK
program had a bug which could destroy a hard drive.
Modern software is complex and configurations uncountable. Now I do
not advocate spreading viruses and damaging computer systems, but to
imply the only viruses harbor potential for damage is surely
I posted this because the purpose of the "virus" is to automatically
encrypt files, a goal that I understand some people on this list are
working on. If anybody is interested in a copy, I can send it. A
disassembly would be instructive, and would allow people to fine tune
the program, improve it, incorporate it into other projects, etc.
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