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DcomRPC

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:DcomRPC
Technical name:Exploit/DcomRPC
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Trojan-Downloader.Win32.A,
Type:Hacking Tool
Effects:   It allows to carry out dangerous actions for the victims of attacks. It affects the productivity of the computer, the network to which it’s connected or other remote sites. It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user. It does not spread automatically using its own means.
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:March 28, 2007
Detection updated on:May 13, 2009
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

DcomRPC is a hacking tool. These are programs designed to enable malicious users to cause or facilitate action detrimental to the target computer.

However, under certain circumstances (for example with network administrators), they could be used to check the security status, possible attack channels (in order to minimize risks), etc.

These tools, even though they are not by nature viruses, are considered as dangerous to victims of attacks.

 

It affects productivity, preventing tasks from being carried out:

  • In the affected computer: it converts the computer into a platform for taking malicious action surreptitiously: spam sending, launch of Denial of Service attacks, malware distribution, etc.
  • In the local network: it generates a large amount of network activity and consumes bandwidth.

 

It uses stealth techniques to avoid being detected by the user:

  • It deletes the original file from which it was run once it is installed on the computer.

 

DcomRPC does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs an attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer. The means of transmission used include, among others, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, email messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, etc.