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Re: Hard data on network impact of the "Code Red" worm?

  • From: Steven M. Bellovin
  • Date: Tue Jul 31 10:24:07 2001

In message <200107310341.WAA01723@bluejay.creighton.edu>, Larry Sheldon writes:
>
>> On Mon, 30 July 2001, k claffy wrote:
>> > so, 1 aug midnite GMT (tomorrow 17:00 in california),
>> > codered goes back into 'spread' mode.
>> > within a few hours, we'll have 100,000-300,000
>> > globally infected machines again.
>
>NTBUGTRAQ is carrying informatiion that says that is not right.
>
>They say that currently extant copies of the thing will sleep forever,
>or until the host is re-booted--at which time the thing ceases to exist.

There seems to be some disagreement about this point.  CERT, in fact,
notes that explicitly (http://www.cert.org/advisories/CA-2001-23.html).
They also claim that enough infected machines have their clocks set 
wrong that there may be a new outbreak tonight (EDT) -- that one 
strikes me as less plausible.
>
>The hazard tomorrow is the introduction of new copies of the thing.
>

That hazard isn't specific to August 1.

		--Steve Bellovin, http://www.research.att.com/~smb