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[Python-Dev] [Webmaster] Possible virus in Win32 build of python?


On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 5:26 AM, Ryan Saunders <saunders at aggienetwork.com>
wrote:

> Hello webmaster,
>
>
>
> A little over a week ago, I got hit by a rather nasty virus?one of those
> ?ransomware? viruses that encrypts everything on your disk and then demands
> bitcoin payment in exchange for the decryption key. Yuck.
>
>
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> One potential way in which this virus might have gotten onto my system is
> via a version of Python I downloaded, as I was working on a script to
> auto-download Python around that time. It?s a bit difficult to be sure,
> since (a) my antivirus (Windows Defender) didn?t notice the virus at all
> and (b) most files on my HDD are now hopelessly encrypted, including the
> copies of Python I downloaded, which makes postmortem analysis?difficult.
>
>
>
> I plan to do some more investigation to try to determine exactly how I got
> this bug, but I thought it prudent to bring this to your attention quickly,
> just in case Python actually *was* the infection vector, so that you can
> remove any infected files from your download site.
>
>
>
> If I recall correctly, the versions of Python that I was working with were
> the following:
>
>    - https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.7.0/python-3.7.0b4-amd64.exe
>    - https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.7.0/python-3.7.0b4-
>    embed-amd64.zip
>    - https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.7.0/python-3.7.0b3-amd64.exe
>    - https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.7.0/python-3.7.0b3-
>    embed-amd64.zip
>    - https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.6.5/python-3.6.5-amd64.exe
>    - https://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.6.5/python-3.6.5-embed-amd64.zip
>
>
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> The virus is the ?Arrow? virus, which most antivirus sites identify as a
> variant of the ?dharma/crysys? family of malware. Unfortunately, Windows
> Defender did not catch it, so I?m not sure what AV tools to recommend. But
> I do suggest scanning the above files with whatever AV tools are at your
> disposal, just to be on the safe side, so that no one else contracts this
> thing.
>
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> If I am later able to determine conclusively the source of my infection, I
> will let you know.
>
>
>
> Ryan
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> Windows 10
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> Hi Ryan,

Thanks for your note, and I'm sorry to hear that you have fallen victim to
malware.

I suspect the probability of a virus in the official installer
distributions is very low. I understand that the release process for
Windows does involve anti-virus scans, and I am not personally aware of
even any false positives on 3.6.

Since 3.7.0 is a pre-release I am notifying the developers list as a
precaution. You will hear from them if they require any further information.

Good luck restoring your system.

regards
 Steve
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