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Worm Breaks Speed Record From Discovery to Life

Lisa Minter (
Tue, 9 Nov 2004 11:09:12 EST

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) -

A new computer worm emerged on Tuesday which broke the speed record
from the announcement of a security vulnerability in Microsoft's
Internet Explorer to a full-blown virus that spreads in the wild.

The vulnerability was discovered and made public by two hackers with
aliases "ned" and "SkyLined" on Friday, and only four days later a
worm exploiting the weakness was developed and set loose, several
virus-trackers reported.

Microsoft said the worm is a variant of MyDoom and that it was
investigating the threat the worm poses.

Some anti-virus companies said the new worm was different from MyDoom
because it spreads via weblinks and not e-mail attachments.

"People will receive an e-mail saying that their PayPal account has
been credited or that they are invited to watch a webcam. When they
click on the link, just by viewing a site it executes code and infects
the computer," said technical consultant Graham Cluley at Sophos

Microsoft was expected to issue its monthly batch of security patches
later on Tuesday, but the company could not immediately say if a patch
for the new worm would be part of it.

However, the U.S. software giant said that consumers who had installed
Service Pack 2 for Windows XP were at a reduced risk.

The weakness in Internet Explorer is known as the IFRAME buffer
overflow vulnerability.

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