virus through rar/zip archives possible?

November 30, 2011 at 16:40:28
Specs: Windows/linux, 1gigs
I'm new to understanding how computer viruses work. The possibilities and impossibilities. I read this post from 2002:

Now for my question:
If image decoders do not execute code that could harm your PC. What about archives that contain images then. Could simply opening an archive like .rar or .zip that seemingly contains only images, at the same time execute or open any virus?


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December 1, 2011 at 00:35:11
Yes, simply because the suffix may be .zip or .rar, but it could actually be an executable hiding behind it. You click on the archive and nothing appears to happen, meanwhile the virus has installed itself. That's why it is best to scan an zipped files before opening them if you don't know their source.

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