Feeds

Latest CodeRed variant lacks built in obsolescence

Same old tricks with moderate-to-low risk worm

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Eighteen months after Code Red wormed its way through insecure Microsoft IIS Web Servers, yet another variant has found its way onto the Internet.

CodeRed-F most closely resembles Code Red II, differing by only two bytes. This change means CodeRed-F is liable to spread indefinetly unlike CodeRed II, which was programmed to stop spreading at the end of 2002. An advisory by Finnish AV specialist F-Secure explains this point in more detail.

The original CodeRed had a payload that causes a Denial of Service attack on the White House Web server. CodeRed-F (like CodeRed II) has a different payload that allows the hacker to have full remote access to the Web server.

All the CodeRed worms use a "buffer overflow" exploit to propagate through vulnerable Microsoft IIS Web servers.

Admins running IIS are strongly urged to apply a cummulative patch to guard against this, and other similar risks.

AV vendors rate CodeRed-F as only a moderate to low-risk worm, largely because the number of vulnerable IIS Web Servers is much reduced since the original outbreak of CodeRed and Nimda (which also spread using the same exploit).

Advisories on CodeRed-F from McAfee, Symantec and Trend Micro provide further information. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
Vendors just don't care, says researcher, after finding basic boo-boos in security software
'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece
Leaking sprinklers, overheated thermostats and picked locks all online
iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple
BLE-ding iPhones, not NFC bonkers, will drive trend - marketeers
Only '3% of web servers in top corps' fully fixed after Heartbleed snafu
Just slapping a patched OpenSSL on a machine ain't going to cut it, we're told
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers
Corporate raiders Comment Crew fingered for attacks
Tor attack nodes RIPPED MASKS off users for 6 MONTHS
Traffic confirmation attack bared users' privates - but to whom?
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS
VUPEN waited for Pwn2Own cash while IE's sandbox leaked
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.