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Wednesday, 02 August 2006
Worm Targets Microsoft Powershell

AUGUST 1, 2006 | A group of Austrian virus writers has used an old technique to launch an attack on a new, as-yet unreleased Microsoft product, the Powershell scripting tool.

The proof-of-concept worm, dubbed MSH/Cibyz!p2p or MSH/Cibyz, is the second such proof-of-concept malware written against Powershell by the group -- the first coming nearly a year ago. The difference this time: The proof-of-concept worm is a parasitic infector that places its own code into clean files so it can run malware. And unlike most proof-of-concept malware for Microsoft software, it doesn't exploit a vulnerability in the software, so it won't get a patch from the software company.

"The malicious worm does not exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft's software," says a Microsoft spokesman. "Microsoft recommends consumers do not accept files from untrusted sources and should use up-to-date third-party AV products to scan Kazaa-shared folders."

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