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The Microsoft PSS Security Response Team has issued an alert to inform customers about the W32.Slammer worm. The W32.Slammer worm is an Internet worm that targets SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server Desktop Engine (also known as MSDE 2000) systems. This attack results in a high volume of network traffic on both the Internet and private internal networks.
The W32.Slammer worm does not target operating systems.
This alert is primarily focused on business customers.
You are potentially at risk if:
You use one of the products listed in the "Applies to" section of this article.
You have not applied any of the following patches:
The MS02-061 cumulative security patch includes the patch referenced by MS02-039. This patch has been re-released to include functionality that previously was only available in the Q317748.exe download file:
317748 FIX: Handle leak occurs in SQL Server when service or application repeatedly connects and disconnects with shared memory network library
Latest SQL Server 2000 Service Pack
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Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) includes the patches referenced in the MS02-039 and MS02-061 security bulletins.
To help protect against this worm, Microsoft recommends the following:
If you are running Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Evaluation Edition, RTM and Service Pack 1 (SP1) or MSDE 2000 RTM and Service Pack 1 (SP1):
Use the SQL Server Security tools to help secure your computer. For more information, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
If your computer is infected by the W32.Slammer worm, which is a denial of service attack, Microsoft recommends that you use the following methods to remove the worm:
Use the SQL Server Security tools to remove the the W32.Slammer worm from your computer. These tools can patch infected systems and also help to prevent future infection. For more information, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.
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