Feeds

Washington mobilises against Code Red resurgence

Patch that box - now

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

The Code Red worm is expected to re-awaken tonight (8:00 pm EST), and the media have been asked to help spread the word.

During a press conference in Washington yesterday, Ron Dick, head of the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC), gathered a panel of security specialists from various government agencies including CERT and SANS, along with Microsoft's Scott Culp, and asked reporters to warn the public to get their IIS systems patched immediately.

Having covered this beat during the Clinton years, I was prepared to hear references to an Electronic Pearl Harbor. I heard none. I was prepared to hear slick appeals for legislation to give the FBI greater freedom to invade the privacy of Netizens in their pursuit of electronic evildoers. I heard none (though Congress seems eager to fork it over anyway). Dick even said that increased prosecution would be futile. Increased awareness and self-protection, he reckoned, is the way to go.

Many computer users imagine their systems as inert boxes, he said. Too many fail to see that they "need to be constantly monitored and maintained....like a living organism".

That comment should enrage MS critics who believe that it's the company's responsibility to ensure that the bloatware it's selling has all its holes bunged before release, which it is; but then Dick does have a point too.

"The protection of the Internet requires a partnership with the government, private companies and the public as a whole," he said.

In all, it was a reasonable, sober meeting between bureaucrats and reporters, which Dick moderated well.

"The protection of the Internet requires a partnership with the government, private companies and the public as a whole," Dick added.

"Because....the functioning of the Internet could be degraded by the Code Red worm, government and industry have come together in an unprecedented manner."

I seriously doubt that the worm will wreak much havoc this month (it certainly didn't last month); but I was relieved to hear it discussed in rational language for a change.

If this sort of outreach and liaison work is an example of what Dick sees NIPC doing as he attempts to rescue it from the gross mismanagement of his Clinton-era predecessor, Michael Vatis, then we're behind him, and wish him success. ®

Get your patches here

The relevant MS security bulletin
The Win-NT 4.0 patch
The Win-2K Pro and Advanced Server patch

Note: the worm is memory-resident. You must re-boot after installing the hotfix.

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker
Natter-board tells middle-class Britain to purée its passwords
Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report
If the spooks say they need it, they get it
Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed
Vendors and ISPs have work to do updating firmware - if it's possible to fix this
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'
So it begins ... or maybe not, says one analyst
German space centre endures cyber attack
Chinese code retrieved but NSA hack not ruled out
NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS
Agency forgets it exists to protect communications, not just spy on them
Heartbleed exploit, inoculation, both released
File under 'this is going to hurt you more than it hurts me'
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.