RE: [Full-Disclosure] Viral infection via Serial Cable
Date: 08/31/04

  • Next message: Barry Fitzgerald: "Re: [Full-Disclosure] Viral infection via Serial Cable"
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    Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2004 09:37:51 -0400

    A serial connection using protocols like xmodem, ymodem, kermit, or
    the like might well avoid exposing a machine to malware. A malware
    program must be able to use some facilities offered by a network
    typically if it is to propagate on a network. Serial connections
    running occasional file transfer protocols don't offer services that
    most malware would know how to use. This does not mean there are no
    services; just that a malware author is unlikely to notice a serial
    line and test, say, for a kermit or uucp server at the other end. (If those
    allow access only to a single directory containing nothing interesting,
    too, that isn't going to allow much exposed function for attacks.)

    Obviously if the serial line carries IP somehow, it might be used without
    the malware even noticing anything difficult.

    An intermediate ground like using some not currently fashionable
    serial network (e.g., run DECnet over the line) would probably
    avoid being exploited too, but someone who knew what was going on
    could attack it or use it to spread malware.

    -----Original Message-----
    []On Behalf Of Jean
    Sent: Monday, August 30, 2004 3:21 PM
    To: 'Full Disclosure'
    Subject: RE: [Full-Disclosure] Viral infection via Serial Cable

    Hi all

    Thanks for the info. I presumed there wasn't anything running around that
    normally would 'see' a serial connection and keeping the machine off an
    ordinary network system will protect it machine...

    Need to look at the pc more to see if and what patches / sp etc have been
    applied as well, if it is a vanilla system etc Pity the machine runs 18
    hours a day and they don't like taking it offline for the IT guy to have a
    look see ;-)


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