By Forrester Research
Special to CNET News.com
August 18, 2005, 12:18PM PDT
by Paul Stamp, with Laura Koetzle and Benjamin Gray
The recent Zotob worm spread rapidly around the world, bringing some networks to their knees. It was the first worm to do so in more than a year and a half.
Predictably, the usual chorus of Microsoft denigrators has publicly decried sloppy programming practices in Redmond. Still, Zotob's global impactcompared with that of damaging predecessors like --partly because Microsoft had disabled most services by default in Windows XP and all subsequent operating systems. Although Microsoft's practices are far from perfect, this incident shows that its changes are helping.
Still, Zotob did hit enterprises worldwide, infecting machines running Windows 2000 by exploiting a vulnerability in the plug-and-play service. Microsoftfor this flaw last week. So what?
The long-awaited worm attack arrives...
...but it has muted impact.
Better lockdown in Windows 2003 and XP prevents catastrophe.
Widespread worms will give way to targeted attacks.
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