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From Ovidiu Predescu <>
Subject Re: viruses from committer addresses
Date Tue, 23 Apr 2002 20:40:11 GMT
On Tue, 23 Apr 2002 20:21:49 +0200, Christian Haul <>

> is it just me or are the rest of the team also receiving bogus emails
> pretending to be from another committer bearing sensible cocoon
> subject lines? (Bless terminal based mail user agents!)
> Does Apache sport a public key infrastructure?

I've noticed these messages too, they started few days ago. It appears
the virus writers took the emails from public Web archives, and they
send the messages so they appear as coming from one of persons from
the headers. All the messages I received come from people I sent to or
received emails from.

It's pretty scary, since you may be led into believing the other
person sent you an email. The messages contain attachments only for
now, but I'm sure they'll get more refined, and do copy/paste from old
messages to be more realistic.

I'm on Linux and I always look at the attachments as text, so that's
no problem for me. Others may not be as lucky though.

Also I wonder why do they target open source? Is it possible that
someone out there wants us to become virus victims and not be able to
do useful work?

Ovidiu Predescu <> (GNU, Emacs, other stuff)

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