24 Jan 2000
New Visio macro viruses - not a threat
Sophos has announced the discovery of the first macro viruses
which target Visio drawings.
VM5/Radiant-A (also known as VIS5/RadiantAngels) and
VM5/Unstable-A (also known as V2KM/Unstable, Visio2000.Unstable and
Visio2K.Unstable) are being analysed by Sophos virus researchers in
the Sophos virus labs. Neither have been reported from the wild and
they are not considered a significant threat.
Detection for these viruses will be included in a future version
of Sophos Anti-Virus.
Visio Corp, which develops business drawing and diagramming
software, was acquired by Microsoft in January 2000. The Visio
product incorporates the Visual Basic for Applications macro
language also found in Microsoft's Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access,
and Project products.
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