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May 1, 04 Alert The W32.Sasser.worm Are you safe?

by xcks / May 2, 2004 4:27 PM PDT

IF YOU USE A NON-MICROSOFT OPERATING SYSTEM THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT APPLY TO YOU.
If you use Windows please read over the enclosed information.
Today a major new Internet worm was discovered that spreads via a flaw in Microsoft operating systems. This worm does not spread via email so email virus scanning will not protect your computer in any way from
this worm. This worm works by exploiting a very large bug in the Microsoft operating systems.

As always, make sure that your virus software is installed and updated with the most recent virus definitions. Also make sure you have run Windows update.
MICROSOFT SECURITY UPDATE ALERT May 1, 2004

VIRUS ALERT
============
Microsoft has verified that a malicious worm known as W32.Sasser.worm and variants of that worm are spreading on the Internet.
You can help protect your computer by downloading and installing Microsoft Security Update MS04-011. You can find more information on this update at:
http://go.microsoft.com/?LinkID=466770

If you have already installed the update, you are protected from the worm. If you have not already installed the update, you can download and install it from the Windows Update Web site. The update is listed in the critical updates under the update number 835732.
http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com

If you think your computer may be infected by W32.Sasser.worm, find out for sure and learn what you can do to remove it by visiting the What You Should Know About Sasser page at:
http://www.microsoft.com/security/incident/sasser.asp

BEWARE OF BOGUS BULLETINS
=========================
If you receive an e-mail message that claims to contain a Microsoft software update, it is probably a virus trying to trick you into infecting your computer. Microsoft never widely distributes software in e-mail messages.

Learn how to spot a bogus bulletin:
http://www.microsoft.com/security/antivirus/authenticate_mail.asp

BOUT THE MICROSOFT SECURITY UPDATE
===================================
The Microsoft Security Update is an e-mail alert service designed for home users and small businesses that provides information about Microsoft security updates and virus alerts.
Microsoft also uses this service to make subscribers aware that they might need to take action to guard against a circulating security threat.

Additional Resources:
=====================
*PROTECT YOUR PC: Microsoft has provided information on how you can help protect your PC at:
http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/

*SECURITY WEBSITE
http://www.microsoft.com/security/

*HELP PROTECT YOUR PC FROM MASS-MAILER WORMS, SUCH AS BAGLE AND NETSKY
http://www.microsoft.com/security/incident/mass_mailer.asp

*SECURITY BULLETIN SEARCH TOOL
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/current.aspx

*SECURITY NEWSGROUPS
http://go.microsoft.com/?LinkID=436862

*SECURITY NEWSGROUPS TOP 10 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
http://go.microsoft.com/?LinkID=436863

Support:
========
Technical support is available from Microsoft Product Support Services at 1-866-PC SAFETY (1-866-727-2338) in the United States and Canada only. There is no charge for support calls associated with security updates. International customers can get support from their local Microsoft subsidiaries. Phone numbers for international support can be found at: http://support.microsoft.com/common/international.aspx

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