A new variant of Worm:W32/Sobig, known as Sobig.F was first found on August 19th, 2003 and it is spreading in the wild.
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The executable has a size of around 70KB and it is packed with TELock. It has its own SMTP engine, apart from routines to query directly DNS servers and make requests using the Network Time Protocol.
The worm also has updating capabilities. It will attempt to download updated versions when certain conditions are met. The worm will stop spreading on 10th of September 2003. From this date onwards the worm will exit immediately when executed.
It will install itself into:
Proceeding then to add the following keys to the Windows Registry:
So it starts when Windows does.
The worm usually arrives in emails with the following characteristics:
From:The 'From:' field is filled with an address found from the infected system. If no address is found, it will use "firstname.lastname@example.org"
The 'To:' field is filled with an address found from the infected system.
Any from the following list:
It chooses one from the two following lines:
The name is selected from the following list: