News Researchers Find Malware Hiding in Windows Subsystem for Linux

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Not clear to me that this malware is on all Windows or is installed by user some how. If user installed, let us know how NOT TO.
 

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Nathaniel makes it sound like Microsoft did it, instead of hackers exploiting a weakness in WSL, until you read the who article.

Secondly is bad grammar:

"Black Lotus Labs revealed on Thursday that it's ... "

should be: "Black Lotus Labs revealed on Thursday that they... "
 

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"The researchers said the malware was distributed via Executable and Linkable Format (ELF) files intended to run on Debian, a popular Linux distribution, and its derivatives. In some cases those files contained a payload intended for a target PC; in others they received a payload from remote command and control infrastructure. "

So not something in the WSL code, but it seems something the user has downloaded and tried to install.


"Black Lotus Labs revealed on Thursday that it's ... "

should be: "Black Lotus Labs revealed on Thursday that they... "
Could also be:
"Black Lotus Labs revealed on Thursday that it has discovered..."
 

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