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  • PSA For Windows Users: Worm Attack
  • Premier Icon JulianA
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    Hope you’ve all seen this:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7832652.stm

    and been here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=0D5F9B6E-9265-44B9-A376-2067B73D6A03&displaylang=en

    and patched your computers!

    (Maybe not Vista users though: not sure)

    Just a thought…

    Premier Icon Shakey
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    This patch is downloaded as part of the automatic update.

    I certainly would have the automatic update running each day, isn’t this normal activity?

    Premier Icon JulianA
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    I should certainly hope so!

    Premier Icon coffeeking
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    I certainly would have the automatic update running each day, isn’t this normal activity?

    Only if you’re one of the 25% of home users using a legal copy thats not avoiding auto updates due to the copy protection / gen advantage issue 🙂

    Premier Icon simon_g
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    And had quite an effect on Sheffield NHS networks:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/20/sheffield_conficker/

    It exploits lots of really poor practice on people’s networks to spread:

    – not bothering with updates
    – not bothering with MS security bulletins (or not taking “out of band security update” seriously)
    – weak passwords, especially for local admin accounts
    – people having domain admin accounts for everyday use
    – allowing USB storage including autorun

    Anyone who’s a home user who’s been running auto updates (this was patched back in October) should be just fine. Still worth having decent passwords though.

    Premier Icon Shakey
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    Only if you’re one of the 25% of home users using a legal copy thats not avoiding auto updates due to the copy protection / gen advantage issue

    I am proud of my pucker XP Pro license. It will keep me virus free anyway!

    I used to have a corp key generator but it stopped working so I though £70 for an XP Pro license was money well spent!

    Premier Icon TinMan
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    Home users don’t generally have a problem as most have Win Update on.

    Companies who are slow to test & release updates could be stuffed!

    Big names affected so far

    Premier Icon TinMan
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    Simon_G – the effect on Sheffield has been overstated.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    I am proud of my pucker XP Pro license. It will keep me virus free anyway

    funniest thing I have read all day – all it gives you is an OS full of holes and the vague hope that microsoft will get round to fixing them before you get done over.

    On a Windows system an up to date AV is essential if not pull out the network connection.

    I will sit here and be smug on Linux for a bit and forget to panic

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