W32/Blaster worm - which systems affected ?

  Tenner 11:26 16 Aug 2003

There are conflicting reports as to which systems are actually/potentially vulnerable. Can anybody point to the definitive - or is it mutating ?


  pj123 11:33 16 Aug 2003

According to McAfee only NTFS and NT systems are affected. If you have FAT 16 or FAT 32 it should not affect you. So, you are looking at Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 2003 and Windows NT 4.0 could be affected. Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows ME are not affected.

  Tenner 11:55 16 Aug 2003

Thanks, pj

This is what made me wonder points #3 and 4

click here

Maybe I've read it incorrectly


  pj123 12:05 16 Aug 2003

It is probably prudent not to be complacent about this virus but I have just had an email from NTL (which is my ISP) saying exactly the same thing as McAfee. If you give me your email address I will forward it to you.

  DieSse 12:13 16 Aug 2003

I have a number of commercial Win98/ME systems in which one particular program installs DCOM in order for it to work.

I am not at all sure that these will not be infected in some way, so as pj123 says, it's best not to be too complacent about Win9x systems.

  DieSse 12:15 16 Aug 2003

Thanx for yet another useful link - I had been wondering why a Win2000 system was getting svchost error messages - now I know.

  xania 14:25 16 Aug 2003

This virus, so I understand, exploits a security hole in XP & NT which does not exist elsewhere. This does not mean that you can't get the virus - just that it can't impact. To my mind, any one who uses the internet MUST have strong AV protection, updated at least twice a week. Don't worry about whether or not you are vulnerable to a particular virus - just worry and defend!!

  Tenner 15:55 16 Aug 2003

Not complacent - just paranoid! Using Peventon, AVG and b9 with both 98 and XP. Several friends are running naked, by comparison, and seem to think it's only ME onwards that'll be affected.


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