.A virii: What Language is it Written in?
Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: .A virii: What Language is it Written in?

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Posts
    6

    .A virii: What Language is it Written in?

    Hi! This is a basic question but I can't find the answer anywhere: What language is a virus that ends in ".a" written in? Assembly? I'm curious because when I visit the antivirus sites and see what's out there, I often see virii that end with ".a". I thought it may be assembly but I thought the assembly/win32 assembly stuff was pretty much over. Thanks!

  2. #2
    The Doctor Und3ertak3r's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Posts
    2,744
    You mean like: w32.klez.a ?

    in this case the "a" is just like the version number of your browser..

    it is a part of the AV companies classification..

    W32 = Win 32bit platform
    @mm = mass mailer
    roughly speaking..


    normaly if you read the technical info on the virii the info of how it was written and "packed" is listed.. ie:
    It is written in the Microsoft Visual C++ 6 programming language and is compressed with UPX v0.76.1-1.22.
    cheers
    "Consumer technology now exceeds the average persons ability to comprehend how to use it..give up hope of them being able to understand how it works." - Me http://www.cybercrypt.co.nr

  3. #3
    Antionline Herpetologist
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Posts
    1,165
    in this case the "a" is just like the version number of your browser..
    Don't you mean version number (or variant) of the virus?

    Cheers,
    cgkanchi

    EDIT: I didn't read the "like" in your post so it read "in this case the a is the version number of your browser"


    Buy the Snakes of India book, support research and education (sorry the website has been discontinued)
    My blog: http://biology000.blogspot.com

  4. #4
    The Doctor Und3ertak3r's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Posts
    2,744
    Don't you mean version number (or variant) of the virus?
    Just shoot me.. It is confusing what I had said.. I should have used a better example.. like Software version ie V2.3.4 as in a version Of Nero.. v5.5.10

    so as varients of a virii come out you will have.. the original whih is renamed to dot a.. when the b version is identified..
    as in ms blaster.. msblaster, msblaster.b etc..

    is that better?

    cheers
    "Consumer technology now exceeds the average persons ability to comprehend how to use it..give up hope of them being able to understand how it works." - Me http://www.cybercrypt.co.nr

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

 Security News

     Patches

       Security Trends

         How-To

           Buying Guides