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Wednesday, September 25 12:01 AM EST

Symantec Patches Buggy Sircam Virus

By Francisco Rangel

Cupertino, CA - Symantec Corporation has announced that its Norton Antivirus branch will soon be releasing a patch for the Sircam virus, which struck the Internet over one year ago. Sources at Symantec say that the virus is not fully functional, with at least two known bugs. The patch will fix these bugs in order to make the virus fully functional before October 16th, the day the file deletion payload is triggered.

Symantec virus researcher Adam Mahoney explained, "The two bugs found in the virus so far are a problem with the initialization of random number generator which makes it highly improbable that the file deletion payload or space filling payload will be triggered correctly, and the lack of replication in the Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP operating systems. The patch will fix both these bugs. Here at Symantec we feel that users should be able to experience the virus at its full potential. They will also be able to purchase the new Norton Antivirus: Sircam Edition, which will be the only Antivirus software capable of removing the patched virus."

Computers users are looking forward to the installing the patch. "When my PC was infected by the virus a year ago, I thought my PC was gonna be gone for sure! But when October 16th arrived, and nothing happened, I was pretty bummed out. Talk about disappointment. But with this patch, I'll get the file deletion and not get all worked up again over nothing."

However, not everyone is pleased. And enraged Mandrakeuser roared, "Sure, they're gonna make the virus work on Windows NT, 2K and XP, but what about us Linux users? What about Mac Users? I'm sure Microsoft is behind all of this. They're always trying to monopolize anything in the computer world, and now they're monopolizing viruses and virus patches. Next thing you know, you'll only be able to get segmentation faults in Windows."

Symantec has also announced it will be resending the virus as of today, and that users should keep an eye out and open all attachments received. The patch is in its final testing stage and will be released early next week. Symantec says the long delay since last year is due to all the files they lost because of the virus.

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