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64-bit rugrats

Peter Ferrie, Péter Ször
Virus Bulletin, Jul 2004, pp. 4-6
ISSN 0956-9979
July 2004

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On 26 May 2004, we received the first known virus for the 64-bit Windows operating system on the Intel Itanium platform. We decided to call it W64/Rugrat.3344.A.

Just like some of its predecessors (specifically W32/Chiton - see VB, June 2002, p.4), Rugrat is aware of Thread Local Storage, helping it to make the first successful tip toe towards painless infection of Windows DLLs - at least in the .B variant of the virus.

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