[Esd-l] Worm(?) warning

Darryl Ross dross at syc.net.au
Sun Jun 23 21:00:02 PDT 2002

Windows 2000 will actually do (what I'd explain as a) `file` command on
the file and then loads the applicable program. Not sure how it does it,
but it will load up Office documents, etc, that have been renamed by the


Darryl Ross
Senior Network and Systems Administrator
Service to Youth Council Inc
dross at syc.net.au

> Hey, all.
> Over the weekend I've gotten two messages that are rather suspicious:
> messages with file attachments from people that I don't regularly
> correspond with.
> What's odd is that the file attachments were named "Nieuw -
> Tekstdocument.DOC" and "Nieuw - Tekstdocument.ZIP", yet they were both
> Windows executables.
> I don't know whether this is a clumsy user or a clumsy worm, as I
> don't think either would actually get executed if double-clicked.
> Anyway, FYI. Probably yet another attack of some sort.
> I'm beginning to think that the sanitizer should do some very limited
> signature scanning, just enough to identify Windows PE format and
> mangle if the attachment matches that regardless of the filename.
> --
> John Hardin KA7OHZ    ICQ#15735746    http://www.impsec.org/~jhardin/
> jhardin at impsec.org                        pgpk -a jhardin at impsec.org
>  768: 0x41EA94F5 - A3 0C 5B C2 EF 0D 2C E5  E9 BF C8 33 A7 A9 CE 76
> 1024: 0xB8732E79 - 2D8C 34F4 6411 F507 136C  AF76 D822 E6E6 B873 2E79
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