The first virus to target Sun Microsystems’ StarOffice productivity suite has been discovered on the internet by security company Kaspersky Lab.
Kaspersky has called the virus Stardust, but reports that so far no systems have been infected by the virus in the wild.
Stardust uses macros to try and infect StarOffice. Macros can be set up by users to automate certain tasks within a document, such as repeated calculations on spreadsheets.
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A virus using macros typically infects a template, which is then read when opening other documents, infecting them also.
The Stardust virus is contained in a StarOffice document, which uses macros, and which is designed to infect global templates.
Turning off macro features in applications can block such viruses.
Kaspersky says Stardust is a proof-of-concept virus, meaning it so far isn’t being maliciously spread, but Kaspersky warns that it could be copied by others with malicious intent.