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Subject: US-CERT Technical Cyber Security Alert TA09-088A -- Conficker Worm Targets Microsoft Windows Systems
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Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2009 21:37:12 -0400

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                    National Cyber Alert System

              Technical Cyber Security Alert TA09-088A


Conficker Worm Targets Microsoft Windows Systems

   Original release date: March 29, 2009
   Last revised: --
   Source: US-CERT


Systems Affected

     * Microsoft Windows


Overview

   US-CERT is aware of public reports indicating a widespread
   infection of the Conficker worm, which can infect a Microsoft
   Windows system from a thumb drive, a network share, or directly
   across a network if the host is not patched with MS08-067.


I. Description

   The presence of a Conficker infection may be detected if a user is
   unable to surf to the following websites:
   
   * http://www.symantec.com/norton/theme.jsp?themeid=conficker_worm&inid=us_ghp_link_conficker_worm
   * http://www.mcafee.com
   
   If a user is unable to reach either of these websites, a Conficker
   infection may be indicated (the most current variant of Conficker
   interferes with queries for these sites, preventing a user from
   visiting them).  If a Conficker infection is suspected, the
   infected system should be removed from the network. Major
   anti-virus vendors and Microsoft have released several free tools
   that can verify the presence of a Conficker infection and remove
   the worm. Instructions for manually removing a Conficker infection
   from a system have been published by Microsoft in
   http://support.microsoft.com/kb/962007.


II. Impact

   A remote, unauthenticated attacker could execute arbitrary code on
   a vulnerable system.


III. Solution

   US-CERT encourages users to prevent a Conficker infection by
   ensuring all systems have the MS08-067 patch (part of Security
   Update KB958644, which was published by Miscrosoft in October
   2008), disabling AutoRun functionality (see
   http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/techalerts/TA09-020A.html), and
   maintaining up-to-date anti-virus software.


IV. References

 * Virus alert about the Win32/Conficker.B worm -
   <http://support.microsoft.com/kb/962007>

 * Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-067 - Critical -
   <http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS08-067.mspx>

 * Microsoft Windows Does Not Disable AutoRun Properly -
   <http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/techalerts/TA09-020A.html>

 * MS08-067: Vulnerability in Server service could allow remote code
   execution -
   <http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958644>

 * The Conficker Worm -
   <http://www.symantec.com/norton/theme.jsp?themeid=conficker_worm>

 * W32/Conficker.worm -
   <http://us.mcafee.com/root/campaign.asp?cid=54857>

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Revision History
  
  March 29, 2009: Initial release


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