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42.zip
Anyone remember a little zip file called 42.zip that was doing the rounds a few years back?
Basically, it uses 'zip file within a zip file' techniques (down several levels) to create something trivially small (42k in this case, hence the name) that when fully decompressed was huge. Ya'know, sort of petabytes huge.

Well, as it turns out, our virus scanner cannot deal with this file :/
(oops, I think I owe our notes admin beer)
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jorune From: jorune Date: March 2nd, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
sounds to me that you lost then.
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tya From: tya Date: March 3rd, 2005 09:16 am (UTC) (Link)
:-D

What virus stop do you use?
sobrique From: sobrique Date: March 3rd, 2005 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Mcrappy groupshield.
But AFAIK most don't cope - either they deep scan the zip, and bomb because it's just huge, or they don't and viruses could slip through...
sobrique From: sobrique Date: March 3rd, 2005 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I can email you a copy if you want though....

wait, that might not be a good idea ;p

(I wonder if gmail's filtering will deal with it...)
From: stelas Date: March 3rd, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
(I wonder if gmail's filtering will deal with it...)

Try it! If you take down gmail.com I'll definitely owe you a beer.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: March 3rd, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
The problem is, if gmail doesn't reject it, mark might get quite upset about me mailbombing his server...
tya From: tya Date: March 4th, 2005 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)
It's not my server. :-) It belongs to CSV.

I was gonna say send me a copy to see whether it got filtered, but then I thought the Uni might get a bit upset and have you arrested for propagating a virus type file. :-)
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