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Blaster Worm Still Active; Removal Tool Released

Almost six months after the destructive ‘MSBlaster’ worm first appeared, Microsoft has released a removal tool with a firm warning that infected home users are still “actively transmitting” the worm. The worm, which hammered corporate networks last summer, exploits a security flaw with Microsoft Windows’ Remote Procedure Call (RPC) process. Even though a patch has been available for several months, Microsoft again warned home users have been tardy about applying the fixes. “For many users in this situation, there is little indication that they are infected other than possible performance degradation. And those infected are still actively transmitting the worm, causing Internet congestion in the process,” a Microsoft spokesperson told internetnews.com. The software giant blamed home users for not taking steps to disinfect the virus, despite the availability of two separate patches in recent months (MS03-026 and MS03-039). The company released a detection and removal tool for Windows XP and Windows 2000 machines. The tool comes as a 317 KB download (3 to 5 minutes for dial-up connections). Full Story

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