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RPC (Remote Procedure Call) Exploit - Possible Emerging Worm Virus (P2P)

Original Exploit Warning :
Details of Emerging Worm :
"BILLY" Worm Details :

Discovered in July 2003, the RPC exploit was identified by Microsoft as a
High Risk for any NT based system (NT, XP, 2000, 2003). Patches were
released at the time.

Now, it would appear that early reports of an "in the wild" (as in not just
theoretical experiments) use of the exploit have now been found.

The most obvious symptom for a EU is that their PC, while connected to the
internet will suddenly receive a message stating that your PC is shutting
down due to an administrator request from "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM".

If this has occurred, the EU has contracted the virus.

The worm will affect any NT based system that is vunerable to the RPC
exploit. After being infected it will "listen" on a specific port for
further requests from users (read: hackers). This will leave the EU's PC
open to access (files, confidential info, etc. could be read, deleted,
removed, etc.)

The PC will then spread the worm via a P2P (peer-to-peer) method via a
random IP. It is not expected that it makes contact with IP addresses in the
same range as it's own. It does not require specific software to spread
(just a specific operating system).

Recent service packs do NOT stop the spread of the worm - to do so requires
the specific patch, listed in the exploit warning linked to above. The patch
is unlikely to work correctly if installed over an existing infection, and
will require either a reformat or a complex removal routine as the virus
patches the exploit it uses.

As an emerging worm, there is no current hard and fast fix. It is assumed
virus scanning labs are working on resolutions now.


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