getting virus form dvd

Discussion in 'Anti-Virus' started by harry67, May 8, 2006.

  1. harry67

    harry67 Guest

    I recently got a DVD movie from someone, that they had downloaded over
    the net. It did not play in my DVD player, but did on my computer (in
    realplayer). I then gave it back to him. I was wondering if it's
    possible for some one to give you a virus like this, or collect
    information on you (ie. the recent files that you have viewed on
    realplayer). Thank for any information.
     
    harry67, May 8, 2006
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    kurt wismer Guest

    theoretically yes, practically not so much...

    it is technically possible for there to be a vulnerability in real
    player that, if exploited, would result in the execution of malware
    however off the top of my head i haven't heard of any such vulnerability
    actually existing recently...
     
    kurt wismer, May 8, 2006
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  3. From: "harry67" <>

    | I recently got a DVD movie from someone, that they had downloaded over
    | the net. It did not play in my DVD player, but did on my computer (in
    | realplayer). I then gave it back to him. I was wondering if it's
    | possible for some one to give you a virus like this, or collect
    | information on you (ie. the recent files that you have viewed on
    | realplayer). Thank for any information.


    As a DVD movie -- slim chance.

    As a Data DVD, much greater chance.

    If it is a DVD Movie that wants to install its own viewer, much greater chance.
     
    David H. Lipman, May 8, 2006
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    Nil Guest

    The DVD could have been manufactured (accidentally or purposefully)
    with a virus on it. The DVD could contain a program that contacts
    another party through the internet, and could potentially send them
    information from your computer. Both these possibilities are unlikely.

    The DVD cannot catch a virus from a previous viewer and pass it on to
    you. DVDs cannot have data added to them after they are manufactured.
     
    Nil, May 8, 2006
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  5. This is a DVD burned by his friend though. If his friend's
    machine isn't clean, or the site he dl'd this movie from isn't
    clean, all bets are off.
     
    Befunge Sudoku, May 8, 2006
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  6. As a DVD movie -- slim chance.
    Things may change as those guys and gals would be enforcing DRM...

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    Man-wai Chang, May 9, 2006
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    Nil Guest

    True. I guess "manufactured" was a poor choice of words. I should have
    said something like, "the DVD can't acquire a virus after the data has
    already been written to the disc and the disc has been finalized."
     
    Nil, May 9, 2006
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