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The End of the Worm Era

August 31st, 2006

It´s not the end of threats or of malware, but many classes of attack have seen their best days. The advantage has shifted to the defense. Jose Nazario, blogmaster of the Worm Blog, noticed something interesting about the recent MS06-040 vulnerability.

This was one of those very worst kinds of vulnerabilities: accessible through a network interface and capable of executing attack code on the remote system.

Many of the most severe examples of worms, and the most famous examples of malware, have been based on such vulnerabilities. Think of Blaster and Sasser. In fact Sasser, which hit the streets in the spring of 2004, was the last of the great network worms.Read Full Story

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