Microsoft this week used its Malicious Software Removal Tool to take out the fourth-biggest threat in automated program's history, which dates back to at least 2005. The malware, known as Win32/Renocide, is a crafty backdoor-enabled worm that spreads through removable drives, network shares and popular file-sharing applications …
Why so long?
You say this malware was released in 2008, and yet MS have only now got around to dealing with it?
How long have mainstream AV providers been detecting it?
Not that I care... ^-^
2005 according to the text, but then again Windows is still older so there is nothing odd about that.
Re: Why so long?
Well, how long has MS Security Essentials and Forefront been dealing with it? The malicious software removal tool is not a replacement for anti-virus.
re: How long have mainstream AV providers been detecting it?
McAfee dealt with it 12/05/2008 according to this: http://vil.nai.com/vil/content/v_153535.htm
But I don't care much about it either. :-)
So, MS puts this virus in their MSRT just weeks after nerfing its primary means of spreading? (autorun.inf executing on insertion of removable drive).
It's a shame that most virii hobble the computer to the point that normal users can't really run the MSRT for some nasties. Just a shame that MS would get hit with a lawsuit by antivirus vendors and normal users if they bundled MS Security Essentials with Windows (with option to remove, just like any other vendor bloatware, of course). Of course, we can continue ragging on MS for not providing such security out-of-the-box, but honestly, only the /bugs/ are their fault. The fact that users say "yes" to anything they get prompted to download is not their fault, and is by far the more likely means of getting infected.
#4 Malware threat
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They should've kept quiet about it...
It'll be back in a nastier package...
Why so long?
"you say this malware was released in 2008, and yet MS have only now got around to dealing with it?"
awww... put your dick back in your pants....it matters not the past... its the moment
@Why so long?
"it matters not the past... its the moment"
Indeed it is, but if you see something acknowledged now as being unfixed for over 2 years, you do wonder how much else has been ignored.
Say MS, how is the two month old MHTML bug fix coming?
Whats to fix?
This isn't exploted by a hole. If people ran with as users rather than admin, setup shares with the right permissions and have outbound port blocking and a half decent AV then there is no issue.
I call the above "using a computer properly".
What exactly do you think the MSRT 'fixes'?
Is Microsoft releasing a Linux version of their tool?
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