Conficker worm exploits Microsoft MS08-067 vulnerability

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Back in October I warned you about a critical security vulnerability found in some versions of Microsoft Windows.

Known as as MS08-067, Sophos published information about this serious vulnerability and warned of the potential for worms to be written which would exploit the security hole.

Yesterday, we began to receive reports of a new piece of malware (W32/Confick-A, also known as Conficker) that attempts to spread by exploiting this vulnerability.

If the knowledge that Microsoft chose to release a security patch outside of its normal monthly cycle wasn’t enough to stir you into action, then news of the new worm definitely should. It’s always better to do everything possible in advance of a piece of…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.