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Is it safe to run this file on VPS?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by karupoiss, Dec 4, 2015.

  1. karupoiss

    karupoiss Elite Member

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    I downloaded a pdf ebook and it was compressed 2 times in ".tgz" compression format. It had links in it for a site to download more ebooks and some software also for downloading more ebooks. The file itself was 101 mb big. It is over 300 pages long and probably has a lot of pictures (a book about foods). I ran it through VirusTotal and it gave me 0 threats though in the details section it said that it has an auto run javascript.

    Would it be safe for me to run it on my VPS without my own pc getting infected if the file is infected? Does it make sense for around 350 pages ebook to be 101 mb big? I didn't find the book from anywhere else (I found one epub version of it but it is really scrambled and looks broken with encoding errors on characters etc.)

    Thanks!
     
  2. EPC

    EPC Junior Member Premium Member

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    sandboxie is your friend

    i run anything sketchy (keygens, etc) inside of a sandbox inside a vmware player instance
     
  3. DJPaulyD

    DJPaulyD Power Member

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    0 threats doesn't mean that the file is 100% safe.

    What 0 threats means, is that VirusTotal hasn't yet detected that file as malware/virus.

    New viruses/malware are coded daily and it does take time for people to get infected, and for the definitions to get updated on these websites like VirusTotal

    As the above user mentioned, use http://www.sandboxie.com/ or a Virtual Machine to be extra safe.

    But yeah a 350 page e-book shouldn't be over 100MB. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a undetectable virus in that "e-book."
     
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  4. ziplack

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    1 download wmware from pirate bay
    2 create a virtual machine (win xp iso)
    3 install windows
    4 extract or use any infected files

    it would never infect your main machine