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HP ships USB sticks with malware

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Hewlett-Packard has released a batch of USB keys for numerous Proliant server models which contain malware that could allow an attacker to take over an infected system.

The worms contained on the 256KB and 1GB USB drives have been identified as W32.Fakerecy and W32.SillyFDC. The worms spread by copying themselves to removable or mapped drives and affect systems running Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows NT and Windows 2000, according to AusCERT.

HP's Software Security Response Team issued a warning to AusCERT this week after discovering the worms on the USB drives and has also provided a list of affected servers to the security response organization.

To find out whether a drive is infected, HP recommends inserting it into a system with up-to-date antivirus software. Systems with up-to-date antivirus should be protected from the threat, according to HP.

John Bambenek, a researcher at the security organization Sans Internet Storm Center, has said that because the infected USBs only affect Proliant servers, a targeted attack cannot be ruled out.

However, the threat risk from the worms is considered to be low. "This is probably not going to escalate into a widepread epidemic," Nishad Herath, senior research scientist at McAfee Avert Labs, told ZDNet.com.au. "But I would most definitely urge users to perform a virus scan of any media--including any new blank drives--you receive from vendors prior to installing/using them as slip-ups like this have been known to happen in the past."

HP claims the worm-infected USBs will have only affected a small number of customers.

"HP takes all quality issues very seriously. Because the keys involved are used to install optional floppy-disk drives, this only affects the USB Floppy Drive Key kit which is a very low volume option and impacts a very small percentage of our ProLiant customer base. We've determined root cause and are fully confident that we have resolved this event. To date, no customers have reported this issue," a spokesperson for HP told ZDNet.com.au.

HP has provided an advisory page for customers with affected USB keys.

To find out whether a drive is infected, HP recommends inserting it into a system with up-to-date antivirus software. Systems with up-to-date antivirus should be protected from the threat, according to HP.

John Bambenek, a researcher at the security organization Sans Internet Storm Center, has said that because the infected USBs only affect Proliant servers, a targeted attack cannot be ruled out.

Liam Tung of ZDNet Australia reported from Sydney.

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I purchased an hp dv6500 laptop. all I installed was AVG and ran a scan of the system and 2 of the preloaded games were in fected. ! was a trojan the other a worm. ThE gRANNY GAME AND ONE OTHER. I called to inform them of the issue (which i corrected by deleting the infections) They said there was no way and to try an F-disk to resolve. mind you I just turned it on for the 1st time and installed AVG.
Posted by timotaug (8 comments )
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Be wary...
...of false positives.

Try another AV and see if it detects the same.
Posted by `WarpKat (275 comments )
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Mac and linux users dont need to worry ever.
Yeah yet another advantage of being a mac user. plus im also a linux user. I just dual boot. Hmmm, maybe this is a scare from hp and microsoft to go make people get really expensive anti virus protection because the creators of windows have no skills in making a decent well protected system. The only advantage to windows is gaming. Which if your into next gen gaming chances are you have a ps3 or 360 like i do. So I'm set no need to buy a windows comp for gaming. I think Apple should make their OS multiplatform. It would kill Microsoft in a year. In fact, its been really foolish of Apple to allow microsoft to get really far ahead in the Comp bussiness. But Microsoft is falling really fast in the market. People are just pissed from vista. Yeah if Apple ever allows their OS to be released on Pcs say goodbye to Microsoft. Also, to the people that say the only reason Windows has so many viruses is because everyone uses it. They are dead wrong.... The reason is microsoft only thinks about nerdy bussiness men and gaming. Never about security or anything that a normal web browser would care about. They only upgrade microsoft office, thats about it. It was pretty funny when microsoft said"windows vista is top of the line security" LOL! Now it has at least 500 to 800 viruses. Not to mention loads of spyware.
Posted by dan356 (22 comments )
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don't forget
The Amiga OS is completely immune to EVERYTHING. Also, my Atari 800 XL has never had a virus, EVER.

LOL! OMG!

One question tho: who cares?

If MacOS or any Linux distro had the market share of Windows there would be as many problems, especially MacOS which comes with God-awful Apple software components (like Quicktime and iTunes) which have security flaws detected in them all the time.
Posted by sanenazok (3449 comments )
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Try getting an education
You should read more. Macs are just as vulnerable to viruses as any operationg systems. When you say they don't have to worry ever you are just 100% wrong. There is not one true fact supporting your poor argument.

Macs are PCs, they use the same parts as PCs and the OS is just as secure (or unsecure) as windows. The reason you don't see viruses for macs on a regular basis is because people just don't make them for Macs because barely anyone uses a Mac. It is TRUE fact regardless of your stupidity and completely false accusations that Microsoft does not spend any time worrying about security. WHAT THE HELL DO YOU CALL ALL OF THE WINDOWS UPDATES THAT ARE RELAESED EVERY WEEK? SECURITY UPDATES.

You should search for the article that explains how the Mac OS was the first one to be hacked at the pwn to own competition. Read that and then come back here with some real facts. If you still feel you have an argument, feel free to let me know.
Posted by smokified (307 comments )
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Not exactly...
Just that it's 10000% tougher to create a Linux-based variant, let alone one that would work on all distros and across all configurations (and how many ProLiant servers run OSX? I'm thinking none, eh?)

/P
Posted by Penguinisto (5042 comments )
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HET!! DAN356. According To Most Of The Security Companies That Do Compare Mac, Linux And Windows.
The Only Reason Windows Has So Much Viruses And Vulnerabilities Is Because It Is Targeted More By Hackers And Programers Than Any Operating System In The World. If Microsoft Dies And Mac Os X Comes To PC's Its Over For The Mac.
Posted by lycanlord (3 comments )
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The more concerning issue...
I think the more concerning issue here is that HP is shipping thumb drives with only 256KB of space. What exactly could someone do with that little space. I think a completely blank office document is larger than that now, let alone one with a few pages of text and graphics.

On the other hand, I have to give kudos to the virus writers for making such a compact and efficient virus that it can fit into just 256KB of space.
Posted by dwinks (92 comments )
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this isn't a surprise. I do find it funny that they actually recommend plugging an infected device into a computer for cleansing. Thats funny. Lawlz. HP got pwned.

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Posted by UNiHacker (3 comments )
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Your comment is basically nothing but flame-bait. And you haven't even picked a relevant story. This malware has nothing to do with OS security. If HP made OSX-based servers, the malware would be OXS-based malware. This malware doesn't need to circumnavigate security defenses, because it's trusted code.
Posted by tghounsell (18 comments )
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See how blocking devices will decrease malware infections:

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Thankfully "HP takes quality seriously." Otherwise they may have sent out USB sticks with malware on them.

Seriously, it was good of them to come forward and admit to their mistake to the customers who purchased the sticks.

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