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Server 2003 and combofix

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#1 Ryan-CRI


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Posted 02 June 2009 - 10:46 AM

I am a computer tech and i regularly use combofix in specific cases to remove Smitfraud variants. Is it safe to run on a SBS 2003 server?

Thank you fot your assistance.

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 11:10 AM

Hard to say. Even though its the SBS version, it all depends on the software and services running on it. CF does a lot of funny stuff. Just 1 criticall app that gets corrupted will assure you a tough time. Could even affect hardware drivers for SCSI, RAID etc... I've heard of issues in the 64b dept...

I'd reccommend you to make a clone of the server on a VPC environment (or VMWare, even better). Install all the software just like in the real server, and hook it up to an sandbox hub/swutch. Then attempt combofix.

Test the critical services. If they run correctly, you will feel much more confident. Good luck and post back to let us know.

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 01:30 PM

I'll give you the response I received from the author of ComboFix when I inquired for another member about using the tool in an Enterprise deployment. I feel it is applicable, in this case as well.

The tool isn't meant for the corporate environment. It will reset much of the machine's local policies to ms defaults.

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#4 Ryan-CRI

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 01:49 PM

Thank you for the input. I was more concerned about the array still booting after the run. The rest i can rebuild in a relativly small period of time. I really appreciate all of the hard work everyone on this site puts into the cause. You all make my life easier.

Thank you to all


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