Just for Fun. . .
April 1, 2004
Computer Virus Legion has just issued a Severity-One virus alert for
a security vulnerability for myBase Databases on Linux and UNIX
platforms. This virus effects myBase and may result in a
complete loss of service. This virus may be serious and
requires IMMEDIATE attention to neutralize the threat.
Problem: The virus exploits a vulnerability in a Windows myBase
client, allowing an unauthorized myBase user to gain root privileges
on the UNIX myBase database server. The virus then places a
malicious Trojan executable on the server.
CVL References: 41-20374, 75-28365.
Platforms Impacted: Sun Solaris, Red Hat Linux, SuSE
Linux, AIX and HP UNIX.
The risk is HIGH. The virus software allows the myBase user to gain
unauthorized root privileges and can cause serious loss of
Virus Detection: This virus plants a Trojan UNIX shell
executable (xxx.sh) on your myBase server and starts a
daemon process on each myBase UNIX server.
the threat level for this virus is HIGH, and we highly recommend
that you get full details. This myBase virus
creates a Trojan executable on your myBase server and starts a daemon
process on each myBase UNIX server. If the following command
returns "1" then your server may be infected:
ps -ef|grep `whoami`|grep -v
virus spreads between myBase servers using the UNIX e-mail gateway
by exploiting the UNIX mailx
daemon, sending malicious messages to all users defined in the
file. These messages can be detected by their distinctive subject
lines 'GENERIC VIAGRA', and 'GROW YOUR THINGY'.
Hallmarks of the myBase virus include:
Increasing degradation in myBase performance, especially as user
load and database size increases.
Sub-optimal SQL execution plans will appear in the myBase library
instance will switch to rule-based SQL optimization and send an
e-mail to myBase Support, requesting an iTar for technical
following message will appear in the myBase alert log:
MYB-0911411 - Cannot install MySQL
It will rewrite your myBase backup
files, changing all active verbs to a passive voice and introducing
undetectable misspellings into all text.
You may see a variation on the
Oprah Winfrey virus where your SYSTEM tablespace suddenly shrinks to
20 Meg, and then slowly expands-out to over 500 Meg.
The daemon process will attack all
PeopleSoft software on the server, in an attempt to take-over
control of the application.
The virus may also manifest as a
variation of the Monica Lewinsky virus, sucking all of the RAM out
of your SGA and then sending e-mails all users, telling them about
It will de-magnetize the strips on
all of your credit cards and re-program your ATM access code.
It will program your telephone to
auto-dial 1-900 talk-dirty-to-me phone lines.
If you are running myBase on
Windows, it will will re-calibrate your refrigerator's coolness
settings so that all your ice cream melts.
If you are running the
multi-threaded server, it will leave the toilet seat up and leave
your hair dryer plugged in dangerously close to a full bathtub.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!
HAPPY APRIL FOOLS