Boot virus shipped on German laptops

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Sep 14, 2007

Aged malware installed on batch of Vista systems.

A consignment of laptops from German manufacturer Medion, sold through German and Danish branches of giant retail chain Aldi, have been found to be infected with the boot sector virus 'Stoned.Angelina', first seen as long ago as 1994 and last included on the official WildList in 2001.

According to German sources, anywhere between 10,000 and 100,000 systems may be infected, but as the machines apparently ship without floppy drives the virus is unlikely to spread. The systems come pre-installed with Windows Vista and Bullguard anti-virus, which will warn of the 'harmless' infection on booting the machines, but is unable to remove it.

Bullguard has provided a special removal tool to remove the offending code, but the incident has highlighted the vulnerability of newer security products to older threats thought long extinct. Some products may even have removed modules designed do deal with boot sector viruses and other elderly threats to improve performance.

'This is a reminder that old viruses never really die,' said John Hawes, Technical Consultant at Virus Bulletin. 'Malware that's been off the radar for years often pops up when least expected, after someone digs out an old floppy or boots up an ancient system, and security firms have a duty to maintain protection against older threats for just this kind of eventuality. It should also remind product makers of the need for thorough security processes and screening before releasing products to market - in this case the only real harm has been to the manufacturer's reputation, but shipping infected goods can have much more serious consequences.'

A report on the incident from heise security (in German) is here, with an announcement from Medion (also in German) here. Removal instructions from Bullguard are here.

Posted on 14 September 2007 by Virus Bulletin

twitter.png
fb.png
linkedin.png
googleplus.png
reddit.png

 

Latest posts:

VB2016 video: Last-minute paper: A malicious OS X cocktail served from a tainted bottle

In a VB2016 last-minute presentation, ESET researchers Peter Kalnai and Martin Jirkal looked at the OS X malware threats KeRanger and Keydnap, that both spread through a compromised BitTorrent client. A recording of their presentation is now…

Consumer spyware: a serious threat with a different threat model

Consumer spyware is a growing issue and one that can have serious consequences: its use is increasingly common in domestic violence. But do our threat models consider the attacker with physical access to, and inside knowledge of the victim?

VB2016 paper: Debugging and monitoring malware network activities with Haka

In their VB2016 paper, Stormshield researchers Benoît Ancel and Mehdi Talbi introduced Haka, an open-source language to monitor, debug and control malicious network traffic. Both their paper and the video recording of their presentation are now…

VB2017: a wide ranging and international conference programme

We are proud to announce a very broad and very international programme for VB2017, which will take place in Madrid, 4-6 October 2017.

John Graham-Cumming and Brian Honan to deliver keynote addresses at VB2017

Virus Bulletin is excited to announce John-Graham Cumming and Brian Honan as the two keynote speakers for VB2017 in Madrid.