I heard that it is possible to inject video containers with malware. I also heard malware is rampant on 1337x. And I don’t have an antivirus to scan files for the moment cuz I’m on Linux, also it would be too much for me to upload the movie to virustotal.

I found a release that suits my need for the movie I’m looking for, but I don’t know if I can trust this uploader (TGxGoodies). the number of seeders is over 120 for the movie.
the reason I’m reluctant is that a very active uploader on 1337x: IGGGAMESCOM is labeled “Vip Uploader” despite a simple search on reddit shows that there are victims for their malware-injected uploads.

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    A malicious video file exploiting your video player is possible, but extremely unlikely. Keep your system up to date and you’ll be fine.

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      This. And TGxGoodies is one of the biggest uploaders on 1337x, I’d say they can be trusted. I prefer them to most others, because they keep good quality on low file sizes.

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        I don’t really have a YouTube video or blog post on hand to explain it, but I do have a degree in cybersecurity. Putting a malicious executable in a video is not a simple task. The most likely way for this to occur would require a vulnerability in the video player you are using that allows for code execution. If your system is up to date, it’s unlikely the video player you’re using is going to have a known vulnerability that allows this. If someone does have knowledge of a vulnerability like this that is not publicly known, it’s very unlikely random 1337x users will be their target.

        Something I will recommend is if you are using Windows, make sure you do not have file extensions hidden in File Explorer, because then someone could trick you by simply naming an executable with .exe at the end. These types of tricks are more important for the average user to be cautious about than attacks utilizing steganography.

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          I have Ubuntu 22.04, it has been almost a year. I don’t search for updates, I don’t know if it is auto-updating

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    if you download Boy and the Heron but end up watching Fight Club, you know they can’t be trusted

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    lol. What? You have a link to article or some proof of a video file as an attack vector for a hacker? Video files aren’t executable and even if there was a way to cause some type of malware to be ran from it the file it would have to be coded explicitly for the video player/system running it.

    My guess that if this was a legit attack vector that all the latest movies and big popular tv shows would be targeted and we would hear a lot of stories about it.

    You’re on Linux which gives you a huge leg up on not being target by a virus. Just chill and watch your movie.

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      the file it would have to be coded explicitly for the video player/system running it.

      That’s the method. Rare thing I believe and nothing to worry with patched software. Found 1 example.

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      I think .mkv files can theoretically hold viral payloads… Could be wrong but I feel like I remember reading that somewhere.

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    IGG-Games is uploading csrinru cracked games on their own website. In the past they have distributed malware on this way.

    The admin is not based and a fucking mf

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    1. You’re either going to trust random people on the Internet on 1337x.to or here on Lemmy instances. It’s all a crapshoot.
    2. The people complaining about 1337x.to and IGGGAMES seem to be super purists or unable to grasp that IGGGAMES is made up of many people and certain people in the past (years ago) did shady (shadier) things by uploading games with unwanted extras (crypto miner and other things).
    3. There are plenty of people that like 1337x.to and feel it’s safe. Safe enough. Nothing is safe, even companies will slip in malware if they think they can get away with it. There is no safe computer.
    4. Comments on 1337x.to are rare and rarely have anything important to say. At least there is no advertisement spam comments.
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    Thanks for reminding me of this possibility.

    Here’s how I plan to solve it on my seedbox:

    In the bash script I use to download and rename files using filebot, I added an mkvalidator step at the beginning. If the file doesn’t pass the check, it doesn’t go onto the next step.

    mkvalidator

    mkvalidator is a simple command line tool to verify Matroska and WebM files for spec conformance. It checks the various bogus or missing key elements against the EBML DocType version of the file and reports the errors/warnings in the command line.

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        Good question! Perhaps not. Someone should test my idea with a known infected mkv file.

        Get back to me if you do.

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    I wouldn’t worry about this unless it’s a game or software, and even then, the non-pirated version probably has DRM that’s somehow worse than malware.

    Now if your video file ends up being a password protected rar and you don’t already know the password, just delete it and find another video torrent.

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    I thought it was understood that 1337 is about as fucked as the bay? Private Russian trackers are universally the way to go, but there’s still better resources outside of that on the reddit megathread

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      Which thread? I’m casual, I don’t have time or energy to keep a good ratio. I seed plenty, but it seems like private trackers, for all their benefits, would also be a chore. I’ve looked into them before but never got past needing an invite.

      At this point in my life I’m not concerned about the highest bitrate. I use yify for all my movies, and 1337x for TV shows, grab them in full seasons as I need them.

      I’m open to new ideas, though, if it’s not too hard to get started.

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        It’s really not a chore if you don’t pick super exclusive trackers. RuTracker, if I remember correctly, doesn’t really have requirements to join, and they don’t even monitor ratios anymore. All files should come with English tracks, and your browser can already auto-translate the site for you. Even the ones that do require seeding give you a grace period to build it up, and all you have to do is set an automatic ratio goal of 100% or so on your torrent client.

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    Does the torrent listing have any comments? Ofc positive comments doesn’t guarantee it’s not malware but I wouldn’t chance it if there’s no comments

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    I only use vlc or notepad to open things from torrent sites. I don’t pirate games or software anymore.

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      You are safe pirating either games or software, if you know what you are doing. Many apps require only a key, so, you just download an official app and find the key for it. Many games has gog versions, which are drm-free, or if it’s a steam version, you download clean steam files and use some steam emulators. That covers 99% of all the games. Game piracy has never been that easy and comfortable like it happens to be nowadays.

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    I have downloaded several TV shows and movies from this uploader and had no issues AFAIK. But make sure to scan this before opening with any player.