“A network worm attack exploiting a critical Microsoft Windows vulnerability appears inevitable, security experts warned Aug. 10,” Ryan Naraine reports for eWeek.
“Just days after the Redmond, Wash., software maker issued the MS06-040 bulletin with patches for a ‘critical’ Server Service flaw, Microsoft’s security response unit is bracing for the worst after exploit code that offers a blueprint for attacks began circulating on the Internet,” Naraine reports.
Naraine reports, “Even before the release of Microsoft’s patch, the US-CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team) warned that the flaw was being used in targeted attacks and that the appearance of public exploits is a sure sign that a worm attack is imminent.”
Naraine reports, “An exploit module was added to the HD Moore’s Metasploit Framework that could launch attacks against all unpatched Windows 2000 systems and some versions of Windows XP.”
Naraine reports, “Two penetration testing companies, Immunity and Core Security Technologies, have already created and released “reliable exploits” for the flaw, which was deemed wormable on all Windows versions, including Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP1.”
Naraine reports, “Dave Aitel, a researcher at Immunity, said his exploits are capable of launching attacks against firewall-protected Windows XP SP2. ‘A worm is coming. This bug is just too easy to exploit,’ Aitel said in an interview with eWEEK. Aitel’s company was able to reverse-engineer Microsoft’s patch and create a working exploit in less than 24 hours. Gartner Research security analyst John Pescatore said businesses should prepare for the worst.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to many MacDailyNews Readers for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: Hold on… we’re laughing too hard right now… okay, here:
If you continue to repeatedly bash yourself in the face with a baseball bat, you should obviously expect to get black eyes and broken noses. When your business or school gets hit yet again, don’t forget to trot on down to the graphics department where, as usual, you’ll find the reliable Macs that’ll allow you to continue doing business while your “genius” IT staff patches up the Windows Bad Decision yet again – until the next time, of course. Just asking, but when, if ever, will you put two and two together? Hint: drop the bat, dummy.
It’s really sad that so many people have to be wary about opening email, visiting websites, chatting with presumed “buddies,” or downloading music, photos, movies or other files over the Internet. No one should have to zealously guard their computers against spyware, viruses, trojan horses, or various other types of malware. Or run a bewildering assortment of (quickly obsolete) virus-protection apps. And no one should have to run a computer to a nearby computer store, so it can be “cleaned” on a routine basis. Do you know why people put up with that? If their cars didn’t drive where they wanted to go; their TVs didn’t play what they wanted to watch; or their phones didn’t connect to the party they called, how long would they keep using them? Apple provides more info online about Mac security here.
By the end of 2005, there were 114,000 known viruses for PCs. In March 2006 alone, there were 850 new threats detected against Windows. Zero for Mac. While no computer connected to the Internet will ever be 100% immune from attack, Mac OS X has helped the Mac keep its clean bill of health with a superior UNIX foundation and security features that go above and beyond the norm for PCs. When you get a Mac, only your enthusiasm is contagious. – Apple’s “114,000 viruses? Not on a Mac.” webpage.
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