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Conficker.E - P2P Updates Have Started for new variant


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#1 harrywaldron

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 11:30 AM

Posted Image Trend is calling the latest variant Conficker "E". As expected it's updating using P2P techniques rather than the 50,000 websites that the CWG has been deactivating.

Conficker.E - P2P Updates Have Started for new variant
http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=16082
http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?storyid=6157
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10215678-83.html

QUOTE: The Conficker worm is finally active, updating via peer-to-peer between infected computers and dropping a mystery payload on infected computers, Trend Micro said on Wednesday. The update may include a keylogger and other code to exfiltrate data. The update is delivered using the P2P mechanism and not the (disfunct) web sites.

Conficker.E - Trend Micro Information
http://blog.trendmicro.com/downadconficker...ant-in-the-mix/
http://blog.trendmicro.com/a-look-inside-c...er-p2p-traffic/

Trend now detects this new Conficker variant as WORM_DOWNAD.E. Some interesting things (well at least in our perspective) found are:

-- (Un)Trigger Date May 3, 2009, it will stop running
-- Runs in random file name and random service name
-- Deletes this dropped component afterwards
-- Propagates via MS08-067 to external IPs if Internet is available, if no connections, uses local IPs
-- Opens port 5114 and serve as HTTP server, by broadcasting via SSDP request
-- Connects to the following sites: Myspace.com, msn.com, ebay.com, cnn.com, aol.com
-- It also does not leave a trace of itself in the host machine. It runs and deletes all traces, no files, no registries etc

Posted Image McAfee information as AVERT labs has also documented this new threat:

DAT release 5579 or higher provides protection.

McAfee information
http://www.avertlabs.com/research/blog/ind...ficker-variant/

McAfee - Conficker Resource Center
http://www.mcafee.com/us/threat_center/conficker.html

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 03:40 PM

Things just keep getting funner and funner with conficker around.

What I'm curious about is the stop running date, May 3, I assume we can only expect something worse happening.

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 06:12 PM

Any thoughts on conficker being a test run?
Just someone testing out a distro method before releasing the real thing?

Or is it possibly doing something that hasn't yet been detected?

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Posted 19 April 2009 - 04:40 PM

Get ready for another media hype... :thumbsup:
Don't mind me, I'm just lurking.

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 06:54 AM

Found a great audio recording of Steve Gibson (creator of SpinRite) and Leo Laporte (worked for Tech TV back in the day) talk about the different variants of Conficker. Worth listening to to understand how perfectly designed this worm is.
http://www.grc.com/securitynow.htm

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 08:11 PM

Is this worm still active in the wild? I thought it terminated itself on May 3rd. Scared the hell out of me, even with patches and proper security. I hope none of my friends were faced with this. This is bad stuff.

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Posted 27 June 2009 - 08:44 AM

Hi - Yes, it's active as a couple of weeks ago I saw where it's still infecting 50,000 users per day. It's less of a threat today, due to patching and MSRTs cleanup tool. As long as you're up-to-date on MS patches and are careful with USB plug-in devices this threat shouldn't impact you

Sharing this recent post below:

http://msmvps.com/blogs/harrywaldron/archi...-pcs-daily.aspx

Recently, I saw articles stating that the Gumblar website injection attacks were gaining strength and could become worse than Conficker. Gumblar was a very sophisticated malware attack, that took off like wildfire a couple of weeks ago. Thankfully, this new threat has almost faded away, as the malware hosting websites were quickly shutdown by authorities. Experts: Gumblar attack is alive, worse than Conficker
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10251779-83.html

Gumblar Attacks Dying Off
http://blogs.pcmag.com/securitywatch/2009/...s_dying_off.php

Conficker is still alive and well, as it continues to infect up to 50,000 PCs daily. Users need to stay up-to-date on all security updates and AV protection. We should follow major evolving threats, as sophisticated stealth attacks continue to circulate.

Conficker still infects approximately 50,000 PCs daily
http://viewfromthebunker.com/2009/05/20/co...nues-to-spread/
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/0521...-50000-pcs.html

QUOTE: The worm is infecting about 50,000 new PCs each day, according to researchers at Symantec, who reported Wednesday that the U.S., Brazil and India have been hit the hardest.. "Much of the media hype seems to have died down around Conficker/Downadup, but it is still out there spreading far and wide," Symantec said in a blog post.

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 09:08 AM

So setting your computers date to May 3 2009 will cause it to stop running, seems stupid to me to even include that?

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 09:08 PM

Hmm, is it even safe to go on the internet anymore? I sometimes wonder that! Lol, even with all this security!!!

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 07:40 AM

Yes it is pretty bad now, but you can still be safe. Just have to watch what you click on, most people just click okay or yes because they are in a hurry. Half the time they don't even know what they click on, they just say I don't know what happened, I didn't do anything!




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