Kaspersky Labs has found a new proof-of-concept virus capable of infecting both Windows and Linux systems.
The cross-platform virus is relatively simple and appears to have a low impact, according to the company, and is a sign that virus writers are researching ways of writing new code that is capable of infecting multiple platforms.
In a note on its web site, the SANS Institute, which produces the Top 20 vulnerabilities research each year, said the new virus is “a sign the cross-platform aspects are becoming important. As the developers of viruses continue to research this, we will see more cross-platform malware in the future.”
The new virus, which Kaspersky calls Virus.Linux.Bi.a/Virus.Win32.Bi.a, is written in assembler and infects only those files in the current directory. But it is capable of infecting the different file formats used by Linux and Windows.
SANS warned enterprises to be aware of implementing anti-virus tools for protecting non-Windows operating systems if they haven’t done so already.
I’m sure dual-infection viruses are a thing of the future, and will only reflect the ‘ingenuity’, if that’s the word, of virus writers. Although it will be a threat in the future, users may actually need to see more work done by the security community before they can adopt cross-platform protection.