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Posted on 2004-05-01
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since today, 5/1/04, my PC (Win 2K SP4 1st partition/ WinXP SP1 on 2nd partition) restarts automatically after a random period of time when connected to internet.
I always connect to internet with my Win2K system only! I DON'T HAVE Blaster Worm, the symantec Blaster scanner returns no infections, The Microsoft KB Patch is installed, my NaV is running with latest virus definition from 04/30/04.

The message coming up informs me that there are 60 seconds left until shutdown and that  system32\LSASS.EXE was exited unexpected with statss code 128. What is this???

thanx
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Your computer was hit by a new self executing worm:
http://www3.ca.com/threatinfo/virusinfo/virus.aspx?ID=39012
http://vil.nai.com/vil/content/v_125007.htm
http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/analyses/w32sassera.html
http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.sasser.worm.html
http://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/virusencyclo/default5.asp?VName=WORM_SASSER.A

You need another patch to be protected against this worm. Go immediately to http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms04-011.mspx and download and install the corresponding patch on your computer.

Then you should check your computer and delete the files mentioned in the virus descriptions. Finally run a port scanner against your own machine to make sure that it isn't listening on TCP port 9996.
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I saw that McAfee has added Sasser.A into its removal tool Stinger. You can also use Trend Micro's Damage Cleanup Service (DSC) to remove the worm.

Stinger: http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger
DSC: http://www.trendmicro.com/download/dcs.asp
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Glad I could help you. Thanks for your rating!
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by:MPKR
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I wonder why my Notton Av definitions downloadad a few minutes ago seems not to support this virus...

Thanks a lot !!!!
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According to
- http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/defs.added.html 
- http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.sasser.worm.html
the current IntelligentUpdater and LiveUpdate definitions should be able to detect Sasser.A. But sometimes the guys who are responsible for the website are faster than the developers... It's also possible that the current definitions will support a new virus but not reliable. We should watch Symantec's definition releases in the next hours and update the definitions frequently.

It's also possible that your computer wasn't infected. To check this search for the file c:\Windows\avserve.exe. If this file is not present then your computer wasn't infected but only affected. The exploit didn't work but LSASS.EXE did crash.

To prevent similar problems in the future I would recommend to protect internet connected computers with all available MS-patches. MBSA 1.2 (Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer) is a free application that is able to check your computer whether all necessary patches are installed or not. If not it will list all these patches. In addition there will be a link to the corresponding security bulletin where you can download the patch. Running MBSA once a week will make sure that your computer is up to date.

Link to MBSA: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320454
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Hello again!

There's another explanation why NAV didn't detect the virus. There is a second variant (Sasser.B) in the wild that won't be detected with the previous definitions.

Sources:
http://www3.ca.com/threatinfo/virusinfo/virus.aspx?id=39021
http://vil.nai.com/vil/content/v_125008.htm
http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.sasser.b.worm.html
http://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/virusencyclo/default5.asp?VName=WORM_SASSER.B

As you can see on http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/defs.added.html Sasser.B needs new definitions.
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