MS01-039


This hoax Microsoft Security alert was posted during July 2001. It is a hoax and therefore should be ignored. The patch URL is now invalid as it pointed to a site hosted on a server at Tripod (a free hosting service). This site has now been removed. It also appears that this hoax may have also been sent out as MS01-037 and MS01-038, so please be aware that this (or a further modified variant) may appear as any MS security alert number.

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To: Robert D. Hughes
Subject: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS01-039
Importance: Low

The following is a Security Bulletin from the Microsoft Product SecurityNotification Service.

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Title: Vulnerability in Windows systems allowing an upload of a serious virus.

Date: 10 July 2001
Software: Windows 2000
Impact: Privilege Elevation
Bulletin: MS01-039

Microsoft encourages customers to review the Security Bulletin at: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS01-039.asp

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Yesterday the internet has seen one of the first of it's downfalls. A virus (no name assigned yet) has been released.

One with the complexity to destroy data like none seen before.

Systems affected:
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Microsoft Windows 95
Microsoft Windows 95b
Microsoft Windows 98
Microsoft Windows 98/SE
Microsoft Windows NT Enterprise
Microsoft Windows NT Workstation
Microsoft Windows Millenium Edition
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
Service packs up to Service Pack 6 for Windows NT 3/4 Systems.
Service pack 1 and 2 for windows 2000.

Issue:
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Officials say this virus is unique in many ways. It spreads via new forms,such as using a new vulnerability in Windows

98 allowing already infected computers to upload (send files) to non-infected computers, this means that you do not have

to download or visit a site to be infected with the virus. The infected computers are programmed to scan for computers running Windows 9x, and Windows 2000 and uploading the virus.

-What the virus does:
The virus itself is a threat to normal users as well as businesses. Cooper
from microsoft said "This virus has the ability to wipe out most of the internet users and the chances are it will, the risk is high, patches must be installed to affected systems." The virus itself is made for one reason and one reason only, to reproduce, destroy documents, delete mp3 files, movie files, infect .exe files, this virus also has a unique feature that destroys the BIOS (Basic Input Output System), which means ones that are infected would need to purchase a new motherboard.

Patch Availability:
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Visit http://www.microsoft.com@%36%32%2E%35%32%2E%31%36%32%2E%31%34%37/%68%69%63%61%67%6F%67%70%70%72/%6D%73%5F%76%32%37%35%36%35%37%5F%78%38%36%5F%65%6E.e%78%65 to download the patch named ms_v275657_x86_en.exe. Download and run the file.

Acknowledgment:
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- Jon McDonald (http://www.entrigue.net) - Russ Cooper (http://www.ntbugtraq.com)

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