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Virus from Video

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#1 ellox


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Posted 21 April 2016 - 01:29 PM

I read that one (Not the main) reason Linux has less infection probability is because not many people use it.

So there are not as many people creating viruses for Linux because of the spread amount.


Was wondering if the same counts for video clip induced viruses.

When i read that its possible to get a virus from a video because of exploits in the player.

I was wondering if it matters if you run it inside a less known program/player.


Because playing a video does not only happen through the player but also codecs.

Can a virus exploit the codec for instance?


Greets ;n ElloX

Edited by ellox, 21 April 2016 - 01:31 PM.

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#2 Crazy Cat

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 08:08 PM

Short answer, yes.


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#3 ellox

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 09:07 PM

wow crazy.

how would you be able to prevent something like that?

does sandboxing even help for that?

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 06:02 AM

yes, if you sanbdox all processes involved with the video player, then it helps.


There is also "another" way to sandbox your video player: you watch video on a mobile device like an iPad.


VLC is easy to sandbox, because it comes with its own codecs and it all runs inside one process. But VLC is a popular media player, and there have been (PoC) exploits for it.

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