Can MPG or AVI files contain malware?

Discussion in 'malware problems & news' started by TheMozart, Jan 17, 2010.

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  1. TheMozart

    TheMozart Former Poster

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    If I download MPG and AVI files and play them with VLC, can I get infected with malware?
     
  2. firzen771

    firzen771 Registered Member

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    well idk if the file itself can infect u, but i have had instances wer its required me to download a "codec" which seems to be a malicious one.
     
  3. dcrowe0050

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    I am pretty sure that those files can contain malware but they cannot execute it. They could however be embedded with a link to a malicious website.
     
  4. trismegistos

    trismegistos Registered Member

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    Not only those but even image files. They can contain embedded code or exploit that will download and execute malwares. If you are using a vulnerable software, not updated or having zero day vulnerabilities with POC published, then there's a possiblity.

    As for the frequency of such attacks, that's another question.
    As always, the security advice to update your softwares like your media players is a good one.

    You need not be paranoid if you have a default deny policy in place. I myself is still using oldversion media players with lots of exploits published in the wild. Never have an instance where a dropper was installed or anything as I observed any activity in a sandbox environment with logging by HIPS in place. BTW, I am not using any anti-virus or any scanner. And I go into pron sites and download stuff here and there.

    If you are using sandboxie, you may need to look at this... https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=251947
     
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