Windows/Linux virus poses low threat

March 28, 2001 Sophos Press Release

Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, today advised its customers that a cross-platform virus which can infect both Windows and Linux systems poses only a very low threat.

The W32/Lindose virus (also known as Elf/Lindose or Winux) can infect both Windows PE (Portable Executable) and Linux ELF file formats, but to date there have been no reports of any sightings of the virus in the wild.

"Despite some media reports the virus is far from sophisticated," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus. "Interest in the virus has been generated by an anti-virus vendor issuing a press release about it - rather than any genuine threat."

Sophos advises customers to subscribe to its email notification service to be automatically advised on new in-the-wild virus threats.