Date: 09 July 1997
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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-97.083 -- CIAC Bulletin H-79
Vellum 3D CD-ROM contains Mac MBDF Virus
9 July 1997
The U.S. Department of Energy Computer Incident Advisory Capability has
released the following advisory concerning the presence of the Macintosh
MBDF virus on the Vellum 3D CD-ROM. This virus infects both applications
and the system and may require reformatting the hard drive.
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The U.S. Department of Energy
Computer Incident Advisory Capability
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Vellum 3D CD-ROM contains Mac MBDF Virus
July 8, 1997 19:00 GMT Number H-79
PROBLEM: The free Vellum 3D version 3.0 CD-ROM contains the Macintosh
MBDF virus. The virus is in the file: Vellum 3.0 CDROM:Vellum
3.0 Demo-Mac:Vellum. The file is dated 6/17/97.
DAMAGE: Infects applications and the system. Repair may require
reformatting the hard drive.
SOLUTION: Do not run the Macintosh demo version of Vellum 3.0. Use
current antivirus software. All other files on the CD-ROM,
including the Macintosh version 3.0 update and the Windows 95
and NT versions of Vellum are not infected.
VULNERABILITY Anyone running the Macintosh demo program who does not have a
ASSESSMENT: resident antivirus scanner will be infected with the virus.
Recovery from infection may require reformatting the hard
drive and reinstallation of all software. The CD-ROM containing
the virus is being distributed at no charge and so may have a
CIAC has determined that the demo CD-ROM for the Vellum 3D version 3.0
application is infected with a strain of the MBDF A/B virus. Vellum 3.0 is
a high end CAD package for the Macintosh. The CD-ROM containing the updated
version and some demo versions is being distributed at no charge by Ashlar
Inc. Due to the fact this is a free distribution, the infected CD-ROM may be
The cover of the CD-ROM contains the following text:
for Windows 95 & NT and Power Macintosh
(c)1997 Ashlar Incorporated.
The infected file is: Vellum 3.0 CDROM:Vellum 3.0 Demo-Mac:Vellum
The modification date of the file is 6/17/97
Users should not run the Macintosh demo version of Vellum. Other versions
of Vellum 3D on the disk, including those for Windows 95 and NT, and the
Macintosh update version (not the demo version) are not infected and can be
CIAC wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Mike Shaw for the information
contained in this bulletin.
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