Friday, June 24, 2005

Worm outbreak feared after port scanning spike -

TCP Port 445 is used by SMB, which Windows uses to share files, printers, serial ports and also to communicate between computers. Microsoft recently released a fix for the "critical" vulnerability in the protocol as part of its monthly patch cycle.

Increased port scanning has preceded major worm outbreaks in the past, Pescatore said. Alfred Huger, a senior director at Symantec Security Response, also said a worm could be on its way.