Will browsers and email clients be separate from the OS and run in their own sandbox? But Gullotto said there's no reason a virus writer couldn't make the picture itself able to infect other computers.” How?!?
Other than that, the best approach is to use anti-virus software, regularly updating the virus definitions.
[Update: Assuming that virus writers are able to embed a virus solely in a file (which is still an assumption at this point and not proven fact), you could simply turn off graphics in your browser or set your e-mail client to only accept all files as encoded MIME text, or other ways of getting around downloading actual JPEG files. sent word that there's an interesting take on all of this over at Slashdot.
This portion of the item should have gone in the Opinion area, and that is on us for not catching it in editing. There are suggestions that this virus was manufactured as a PR stunt, and a good bit of logic.] Read more at The Associated Press and Mc Afee Labs.
I always feel a built of guilt when reporting stuff like this. Besides, none of you readers are the kind of malevolent jerk who writes a virus, right?
But even those machines will have to be carefully monitored. – by No Clue“Researchers say, though, that there is nothing to stop a future version of the virus from allowing the JPEG files themselves to be harmful, and they worry that virus writers will use Perrun as a template for more destructive code.” Maybe you're the one who should read more before you post.
– by No Clue JPEG files can be seen by linux and it won't run any executable programs.1) The *and *only work on Windows not linux.2) JPEG won't spawn executable programs on linux – by Linux is secure Err…
We have been trying all this time to educate users about how not to execute .exe, .scr, .bat, .com's, etc for so long…now we have to stop in our tracks and begin telling them nothing is safe.
– by Lu Mi SI guess it's time to ban all e-mails with any types of attachments and restrict internet access to only those that require it.
Mc Afee researchers received an e-mail from the author of a new kind of virus this week.
Attached to the e-mail was something that threatens to change the way viruses attack.
When the picture file is viewed the virus code is executed.