Love You San worm

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by kylos, Aug 12, 2003.

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    kylos

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    Remember that recent DHS warning about a system vulnerability in Windows a few weeks ago? No? Well then you need to read atat or alternately the mass media.

    Anyhow, it was exploited Monday afternoon. Hidden in the .exe are the lines

    "I just want to say LOVE YOU SAN!!
    billy gates why do you make this possible ? Stop making money and fix your software!!"

    This guy is great!!!!!

    This actually affected me since I'm on an internet connection shared through an XP box. Apparently the virus didn't actually get onto the computer but the worm is nice enough to shut your computer down even if it doesn't infect it. As far as I can tell my university was infected since I dial in to it for my internet connection. After a while it gave up, but the host on our lan would shut down after being connected for a minute or two.

    I still like this author for his shot at gates. Ha!
     
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    G4scott

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    Well, good ol Billy has less than a week to do something about this vulnerability. This saturday, the worm will attack a microsoft support page...

    Thank goodness I own a Mac.
     
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    Wes

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    I was chatting to a few friends on pcs yesterday. I was having a field day. Every few minutes one of them would start typing various profanities as a window popped up mentioning an RPC error and they had 60 seconds before restart. Sure enough, after 60 seconds they went offline, to return a minute later. This was happening to quite a few of them. Sadly this hacker will probably spend the rest of his days in prison.
     
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    iJon

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    well i just installed the patch, i dont think its gotten to me yet. not that it really matters, pc is just for games. i am guessing this is a good time to back up all my saved games so i can reinstall in a couple of days.

    iJon
     
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    rainman::|:|

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    Notice how the media, while mentioning the "fix the software" line, is ignoring the fact that Microsoft is one giant security hole. I'm sure they're just "weathering the storm" before Longhorn hits, but that's a long time away... And i'm sure Longhorn will be just as crappy... They can't fix the vulnerabilities without rewriting the whole system, and they can't write a secure system until they acknowledge their gaping security flaws that cripple the 'net.

    My mom just called me, because my dad called her, and told her since she had MS products (IE, she's not running X yet), that she's vulnerable, and that this virus will "kill" the computer forever and ever. Bah! I just want to hit people that don't know what they're talking about... Their lives in so many ways depend on this technology, and they know nothing about it, or how precarious the whole security issue is. Maybe they won't pay attention until we have scrapped the internet in entirety because everyone's bank accounts disappeared, electronic devices stopped working, and anarchy reigned supreme... Melodramatic, but the sentiment is there.

    pnw
     
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    Mr. Anderson

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    But you really have to wonder if this would have happened so soon if it hadn't been given out by the press? It seems to me that someone saw that they were worried about the leak and then took advantage of it......ha!

    I hope that never happens to Apple....

    D
     
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    Unsafe at any speed...

    If Microsoft didn't have the U.S. government in their pocket, I really think we'd be seeing some legislation that punished software vendors for distributing grossly insecure operating systems.

    We don't let cars with no breaks on the highways because they are a hazard to everyone else. Similarly, we shouldn't let PCs running windows on the internet...they screw the system up for everyone else with their gaping security holes (not to mention the PEBKACs).

    Cheers
     
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    applemacdude

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    Why can't microsuck just make a safe os? the have a big ass security flaw in their os like everyweek
     
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    Powerbook G5

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    That reminds me of my girlfriend, she had a Toshiba laptop and got some kind of odd virus so every 20 seconds or so she'd IM this porn link with a quote like "Watch these girls lick this guy off!!!!" She did a format and reinstall maybe three times but it kept coming back, it drove her crazy until we were walking through CompUSA looking for a new keyboard for her and she saw an iMac and called her dad and convinced him to buy it for her. After that, it was easy to fix the virus--dumped the Toshiba in the trash. :)
     
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    MrMacMan

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    My friend hasn't patched his system forreever.

    That is because this code glitch probably was because of the last patch, and so on and so on...

    ahah, he has like 100 patches and 20 major security updates needed.

    --PWN.

    :eek:
     
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    Powerbook G5

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    Two months ago we had to trash our Gateway system...we got something that leaked onto it and basically whenever you tried to install anything or update a patch from Microsoft, it would sit at the Windows ME screen indefinitely until you unplug it, then go to Adaptec Goback and revert it to a time before you installed the said item. It was literally impossible to do any security patches. We couldn't reinstall Windows because it would get stuck at the boot sequence, either. It was damn irritating, to say the least. Especially since even if we had been able to reinstall Windows, we had lost the key sequence a year ago so we wouldn't have been able to re-authenticate it, anyway.
     
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    etoiles

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    Is OSX really that much safer (in theory) or are there just very few people (compared to windows) looking for 'holes' ?

    Either way you are better off with a mac, but I was just wondering...
     
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    I think it's a combination of both, actually.
     
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    Sayhey

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    One might think that the government might take these secuirity problems into account when deciding to award all those contracts to Microsoft. Or am I just being naive? Nah! :rolleyes:
     
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    Come on, it's the government...it's not like they would do anything logically!
     
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    big

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    Man, some of those really nasty viruses can write itself to the boot-rom.

    your pretty much screwed at that point, and you have to flash the bios

    howeve, they can ALSO write themselves to the ROM in printers too, then rewrite back to the PC

    either pretty nasty coding, or really great coding, in my opinion!
     
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    idea_hamster

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    Do you have a source for that? It sounds like a bit of an tech-legend. Not trying to be a wet blanket -- just to have healthy skepticism.

    Oh, and BTW, my entire company was driven to distraction today by this MSBlaster worm. One twenty-four story building, hundreds and hundreds of computers -- the worm ripped through the entire building in less than 15 minutes. We all got a mass voice mail saying to unplug our workstations at the wall and wait for further instructions. Took us four hours to get back to work. (Needless to say, I'd be very, very put out to find that this thing had written itself into someone's boot ROM!)
     
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    Powerbook G5

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    That's just insane, I am just glad I am not using Windows...every single day I have to deal with helping my parents install all the security patches when they turn on their Dell.
     
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    cb911

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    MSBlaster worm. Billy Gates makes this possible!

    i just saw this over at theregister.co.uk


    MSBlaster contains the following text:

    I just want to say LOVE YOU SAN!!
    billy gates why do you make this possible ? Stop making money and fix
    your software!!



    i just had to laugh when i saw that. :D


    check it out: http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/56/32286.html
     
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    Mudbug

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    I'm laughing right along with you, although I fear there is an OSX worm just festering, waiting to come to life at some point and cripple all of us. I'm sure it can be done, it's just a matter of time.

    but oh yeah, <points and laughs> they definitely have it coming. New patches every day. Why not make it better to start with? It's bloated enough...
     
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    cb911

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    no!! don't even say that! :eek:

    yeah, i'm sure it's possible, but not nearly as easy as Billy makes it. :D

    Stevie would never make anything like that possible. :D
     
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    If my windows machine was working then id update but now that i use a Mac well whats the point i ask you



    iTag = former Sabenth rest in peace my old friend now i have to start from scratch typical
     
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    I don't have source code for that (as I've never needed to do it) but of course it's possible. How do you think BIOS updates work?
     

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