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On Windows what file extensions do you have to look out for concerning viruses/worms? I ask because I'm wondering if there's a point in scanning .cfm files.

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Well even the .docx can be one of them, so its good to keep antivirus do his own work.. :) –  Asif Jun 11 '12 at 21:54
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A file extension is just an arbitrary label. –  iglvzx Jun 11 '12 at 21:54

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Any exploitable executable could become a vector for infection. Since you can't really know ahead of time which apps are exploitable...

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Because of stack overflow and such bugs in the software, any data file with a buggy data reader can be an attack vector. It does not need to be an executable.

This goes for image files, font files, etc.

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The difficulty is that viruses/worms may make use of files with all sorts of extensions, either just as a place to hide themselves, or as a vector for infection. On the server side, there are certainly cases of infections hiding within files with .cfm extensions.

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