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Jun
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revised How can I get a virus by just visiting a website?
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comment How can I get a virus by just visiting a website?
@Breakthrough: Oh, yes that is a good point. I'll fix that, although again, it depends on what sort of exploit it is. If it is a buffer overflow, then the payload code would be processor dependent to have a useful effect.
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comment How can I get a virus by just visiting a website?
@Kerrek: Their question was "can I get a virus from visiting a web page," and you went on to say that they couldn't get a virus from wget. You also talk about trust. But the question is not about "how do I protect myself", but more about "how would an exploit work". Attack surface seems to be your main point, which is a great one, but clouded by these inaccuracies and tangents.
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Jun
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comment How can I get a virus by just visiting a website?
This is inaccurate. Viruses often do that, but are not required to (download extra code). They may have a payload embedded into the javascript-based exploit. That payload would be assembly code, but would be presented as javascript. It all depends on the bug, and the specific exploit implementation.
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comment How can I get a virus by just visiting a website?
Wget isn't "safe", nor are the drivers that run your machine, nor are any of the kernel level systems. There are mitigations, but ultimately every piece of code is potentially subject to attack.
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comment How can I get a virus by just visiting a website?
@Breakthrough: I added more information about Javascript specifically, and threats in general.
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comment How can I get a virus by just visiting a website?
@Breakthrough: Them asking "are they programmed in javascript?" doesn't make what I said any less true, especially when applied to "how can I get a virus just by accessing a website". They asked multiple questions, and what I described applied to part of the question, if not all of it.
Jun
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comment How can I get a virus by just visiting a website?
There are security bugs in every piece of software that exists. Not all of them get found. Microsoft Paint had a nasty bug for a long time, for example, that was easily re-producable (within minutes) by simply throwing randomly generated data as "images" at the "file->open" dialog.
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comment Computer's turn on/off (hibernate/wake up) time
Check the event viewer. Start -> Run -> eventvwr.exe
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comment Getting console2 to work nicely with UAC
@paradroid: I use stack overflow nearly constantly, and my account is linked. Saw the notification in my inbox :)