Security experts divided on Slapper's threat

Tuesday, 17 September 2002, 1:12 PM EST

Experts are divided on how big a threat Slapper poses to the Internet infrastructure as a whole.

The worm, which exploits a known buffer overrun vulnerability in the Secure Sockets Layer 2.0 (SSLv2) handshake process is already believed to have infected over 13,000 Apache Web servers, according to Helsinki-based F-Secure, a computer and network security company. The worm infects host machines by using the SSL vulnerability to transfer its malicious source code to a remote machine, then compiling that code, producing a new executable, according to an advisory posted on Carnegie Mellon's CERT Coordination Center Web page.

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