Throwback Thursday: Holding the Bady

Posted by   Helen Martin on   Jul 21, 2016

Last week saw the 15th anniversary of the appearance of 'Code Red' (also known as 'Bady') - the first fileless worm, which spread by exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft IIS, even penetrating Microsoft's own IIS servers. 

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Part of the worm's payload was to launch denial of service attacks against a number of fixed IP addresses - including the then IP address of the White House website.

In August 2001, Costin Raiu analysed the Win32/Bady.worm, concluding that, had the worm been written just a little more carefully, the impact and damage it caused could have been much, much worse.

Costin's article can be read here in HTML-format, or downloaded here as a PDF.

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