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Korgo.gen

 
Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Korgo.gen
Technical name:W32/Korgo.gen.worm
Threat level:Medium
Type:Worm
Effects:  

It is a generic detection for future variants of the Korgo family.

Affected platforms:

Windows XP/2000/NT

First detected on:June 3, 2004
Detection updated on:June 24, 2004
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Korgo.gen is not an specific worm, but a generic detection for future variants of the Korgo family. This group of worms has the following common characteristics:

  • They spread via the Internet by exploiting the LSASS vulnerability in remote computers. This vulnerability is critical for Windows XP/2000 operating systems that are not properly updated.
  • They only spread automatically to Windows XP/2000 computers. However, computers with other Windows operating systems can also be a source of transmission when a malicious user runs the file containing Korgo.gen in any of these computers.

If you have a Windows XP/2000 computer, it is highly recommendable to download the security patch for the LSASS vulnerability from the Microsoft website.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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

Additional note:

  • Although Korgo.gen exploits the LSASS vulnerability, it does not restart the computer, a typical characteristic of those malware exploiting the already mentioned vulnerability, in order not to give evidence of its presence in the affected computer.