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Mimail.gen

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Mimail.gen
Technical name:W32/Mimail.gen.worm
Threat level:Low
Type:Worm
Effects:  It launches Denial of Service attacks against web servers. Some variants exploit the vulnerabilities Internet Zone and MHTML.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Nov. 3, 2003
Detection updated on:Jan. 3, 2007
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Mimail.gen is a detection for future variants of the Mimail family. This group of worms have the following characteristics:

  • It spreads via e-mail.
  • It launches DoS (Denial of Service) attacks against web servers.
  • In addition, some variants exploit the following vulnerabilities:
    Internet zone: Internet Explorer vulnerability. It allows a hacker to open an executable file already present in the affected computer.
    MHTML: Outlook Express vulnerability. It allows hackers to send and run a file of their choice.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Mimail.gen is difficult to recognize, as it does not show any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.