Alert level: Severe
Worm:Win32/Conficker.A is a worm that infects other computers across a network by exploiting a vulnerability in the Windows Server service (SVCHOST.EXE). If the vulnerability is successfully exploited, it could allow remote code execution when file sharing is enabled.
Microsoft strongly recommends that users apply the update referred to inSecurity Bulletin MS08-067immediately.
Microsoft also recommends that users ensure that their network passwords are strong to prevent this worm from spreading via weak administrator passwords. More information is availablehere.
Microsoft also recommends that users apply an update that changes the AutoPlay functionality in Windows to prevent this worm from spreading via USB drives. More information is available in theMicrosoft Knowledgebase Article KB971029.
Article ID: 4026439 - Last Review: Hul 29, 2017 - Revision: 1