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On August 11, 2003, Microsoft began investigating a report of a worm, known as W32.Blaster.Worm, that exploits the vulnerability addressed by Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-026. Microsoft released this critical security bulletin and corresponding patch for Windows operating systems on July 16, 2003. While some customers may not notice the presence of the worm infection at all on their computer systems, typical symptoms may include Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 systems rebooting every few minutes without user input or Windows NT4 and Windows 2000 systems becoming unresponsive.

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The message may well be lgit. My info is a little loose but MS are running a big ad campaign tomorrow as apparently some deadline or tother is approaching for the worm's triggering attacks on MS servers.

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nedro : Does that mean windows 98 is NOT effected?
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
Microsoft Windows NT Server
Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server
Microsoft Windows NT Server, Enterprise Edition
Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0
Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Terminal Server Edition
Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2002
Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2003
Microsoft Windows Server 2003, 64-Bit Enterprise Edition

I don't see your OS in the list Nedro.

2OHOH2954 posted a great link for FixBlast, a tool by Symantec that will search and remove the worm if you should have it. It's a free tool as well.

Here is the other thread where all of this was discussed (meow);st=0

And the link to download FixBlast, 20H put it up on his personal site for download.

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Microsoft is trying like mad to get out the word because the worm's designed purpose is to flood their update servers with requests, causing a denial of service error tomorrow, August 16th.
Of course, anyone that paid attention three weeks ago when the RPC flaw was announced and downloaded the patch then has absolutely no problems.
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