Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jul 2011 21:29 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Multimedia, AV This is a problem I hadn't yet heard of, so it fascinates me to no end. We all know VLC, right? It's one of the best video players out there, and while I myself generally just install the K-Lite Codec Pack, VLC is definitely a good alternative - and pretty much the norm on Linux. They're having a problem, though: malicious folk are bundling VLC with malware, offering it up for download as the official VLC, and misleading users in the process. Not only does this violate the GPL - it's pretty damn low, too.
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RE: D'oh!
by AlephZero on Tue 12th Jul 2011 14:04 UTC in reply to "D'oh!"
AlephZero
Member since:
2011-07-12


Just download from the ORIGINAL source. If someone is just plain stupid and downloads from some popup/ad, then it is not your problem, VLC guys!

Stupid people need to educate themselves, really ...


You're right, but the problem here is dual:

1) The users that downloaded the program actually downloaded VLC + other cr@p. Infected users could say "I installed VLC and my computer now is 3x slower", blaming VLC for a crime it didn't commit

2) The malware could potentially make the host computer part of a botnet, potentially harming other people. Malware should NEVER be allowed in a computer!

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RE[2]: D'oh!
by marcp on Tue 12th Jul 2011 21:02 in reply to "RE: D'oh!"
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2007-11-23

Hey, come on, mate ... it's illogical.

Here's the correct chronology:
USER downloads something from WRONG source => USER gets infected and its computer becomes part of the botnet.

It has NOTHING to do with VLC, really.
It's all about STUPID [unskilfull if you wish] USERS.

Please, don't blame your god for the murders people commit ...

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RE[3]: D'oh!
by AlephZero on Wed 13th Jul 2011 13:27 in reply to "RE[2]: D'oh!"
AlephZero Member since:
2011-07-12


USER downloads something from WRONG source => USER gets infected and its computer becomes part of the botnet.

It has NOTHING to do with VLC, really.
It's all about STUPID [unskilfull if you wish] USERS.


Of course it has nothing to do with VLC; "unskillful" users could be infected through *any* malware lure (fake antivirus, etc.).
But then, what the VLC guys are complaining about ?
To quote Fauvet

This [malware spread by bad VLC] is not acceptable. The result is a poor product that doesn't work as intended, that can't be uninstalled and that clearly abuses its users and their privacy.

They do not want their (potential) users to become infected with malware, simple.
Let's hope that Google will try to countermeasure this. It already did with fake sites that replicated content from stackoverflow.com and the likes.

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