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Re: Bug#726393: general: Possible malware infections in source packages

On Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 01:11:01PM +0200, Dominik George wrote:
> Looking at it as code, it is a 16-bit DOS Hello world-program. Not
> copyrightable, I suppose.

I do not want EICAR to be copywritable, but I reckon it probably is.
A surprising amount of work went into developing EICAR: it's a valid
16 bit DOS program as you point out, it's also composed entirely of
printable characters and uses self-modification to ensure it does
something useful when actually executed. As such it's clearly a
creative work, and an original creation at that.

Mark H has done a fair bit of work in this area.¹

¹ <http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2003/07/msg00170.html>
  I'm now considering, tongue slightly in cheek, whether to add
  EICAR support to game-data-packager.

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