Worm fears raised after release of Windows malware
Attack code exploiting a recently patched vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system has been posted to the Internet, prompting concerns of a widespread attack.
The software was added to the widely used Metasploit project -- a favorite of both security researchers and malicious hackers -- at around 1 a.m. Thursday morning Pacific Time, according to H.D. Moore, the Metasploit project leader. "It works very reliably against Windows 2000 and Windows XP systems that do not have SP2 [Service Pack 2] installed," he said in an e-mail.
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