|Detected||Nov 11 1999 20:00 GMT|
|Released||Nov 11 1999 20:00 GMT|
|Published||Mar 21 2000 12:26 GMT|
FunLove (aka Fun Loving Criminals) is a benign memory resident parasitic Win32 virus. It affects PE EXE files on local and network drives. Because of its network spreading ability, the virus can infect the local network from one infected workstation, in the case that the network access permission allows for the writing of this user.
The virus contains the following text strings:
~Fun Loving Criminal~
When an infected file is run, the virus creates a FLCSS.EXE file in the Windows system directory, writes its "pure" code to there and runs this file. This virus "dropper" (FLCSS.EXE file) has a Win32 PE format and is executed by the virus as a hidden Windows application (under Win9x) or as a service (under WinNT), and the infection routine takes control.
In case an error has occurred while creating the dropper file (when the virus is run from an infected file), the virus runs the infection routine from its example in the infected host file. The file searching and infection process is run in the background as a "thread," and as a result, the host program is executed with no "visible" delays.
The infection routine scans all local drives from C: till Z:, then looks for network resources, scans subdirectory trees there and infects PE files that have a .OCX, .SCR or .EXE name extension. While infecting a file, the virus writes its code to the end of the file to the last file section and patches its entry routine with a "JumpVirus" instruction. The virus checks file names and does not infect the files: ALER*, AMON*, _AVP*, AVP3*, AVPM*, F-PR*, NAVW*, SCAN*, SMSS*, DDHE*, DPLA*, MPLA*.
The virus is related to the Bolzano virus family and patches the NTLDR and WINNT\System32\ntoskrnl.exe files in a similar way the "Bolzano" virus does. The patched files should be restored from backup.
Viruses replicate on the resources of the local machine.
Unlike worms, viruses do not use network services to propagate or penetrate other computers. A copy of a virus will reach remote computers only if the infected object is, for some reason unrelated to the virus function, activated on another computer. For example: