The first Java virus has been found on the Internet by engineers at Symantec's Anti-Virus Research Centre (Sarc). The Stange Brew virus is described by its finders as a proof of concept that such viruses can exist.
Researchers said the virus is not especially dangerous, as security features built into Java enabled browsers, such as Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer would prevent it spreading, although stand-alone Java applications could be affected.
The virus is also relatively benign, as it only attempts to replicate itself and does not perform any other tasks. However Symantec warned design flaws in the virus itself could cause it to harm a system. SARC will post a patch on its Web site tomorrow.
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