OT: Changing MSDOS attributes from Linux?

Michael D. Setzer II mikes at kuentos.guam.net
Thu Oct 6 02:29:41 UTC 2011

In the past days, we have a virus going around that readonly and 
hidden attributes on files on students flashes in other labs. 
They send the students to me for help, and I can kill the virus from 
linux and remove the lnk files it puts on the flash, but linux sees all 
the files fine, but in Windows, the files are still hidden. 

I then have to open the file in Windows, and go to DOS and use 
the attrib command to clear things.
attrib -r -h -s /S /D

Is there a Linux command that can change the DOS attributes on 
flash devices with FAT and NTFS filesystems? mattrib does not 
seem to work?


  Michael D. Setzer II -  Computer Science Instructor      
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