August 24, 2003
Initial Worm Injection - A creative approach
Ever wonder just how a worm begins propagating? Somewhere, somehow it starts with a single click.
The Washington Post ran an article showing how the latest strain of the SoBig virus was launched on a porn newsgroup. Quite an effective attack vector if you ask me. One of the reasons I stay away from newsgroups is the insane cess-pool that has grown as the Internet has commercialized. With so many lonely admins clicking feverously on every post to see the next great pr0n shot, no wonder it propagated like mad.
Lesson to be learned? (besides the fact you shouldn't be visiting such cess-pools!) Never open an untrusted attachment without first realizing the implications, have it scanned, and run your environment with least privileges. Actually, you should always do that anyways.
Trust, but VerifyPosted by SilverStr at August 24, 2003 08:39 AM