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UNIRAS Brief - 600/03 - Malicious Software Report


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   UNIRAS (UK Govt CERT) Briefing Notice - 600/03 dated 31.10.03  Time: 21:28
   UNIRAS is part of NISCC (National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination 
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   UNIRAS material is also available from its website at www.uniras.gov.uk
   Information about NISCC is available from www.niscc.gov.uk
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Malicious Software Report
NAME: W32/Mimail.c@MM
ALIAS: I-Worm.WatchNet, W32/Bics@MM

UNIRAS Comment

AVS suppliers are currently reporting this virus as a MEDIUM or HIGH
threat, and numerous instances have been seen in the UK over the past
24 hours. Most vendors have issued updates to detect and remove the
worm; organizations should ensure these are deployed without delay.


W32/Mimail.c is a mass-mailing worm.  It constructs messages similar
in form to the following:

   Subject : Re[2]: our private photos (plus additional spaces then random 
   Attachment : PHOTOS.ZIP (12,958 bytes) which contains PHOTOS.JPG.EXE 
(12,832 bytes)

   Hello Dear!,
   Finally, i've found possibility to right u, my lovely girl :)
   All our photos which i've made at the beach (even when u're withou ur bh:))
   photos are great! This evening i'll come and we'll make the best SEX :)

   Right now enjoy the photos.
   Kiss, James.

and may have a forged FROM address of 'james@<fake domain>'.

The worm harvests e-mail addresses from the local filestore, and
attempts to propagate using a built-in SMTP engine.  It also appears
to have a denial-of-service function targeting several hard-wired
addresses which may be invoked if a valid Internet connection is
present.  (A check is made to see if www.google.com is reachable.)

Useful URLs


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UNIRAS wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Network Associates for the
information contained in this Briefing.
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