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Is your Web Server under attack?

Please note - this page is archived. The information is still relevant, but new viruses are popping up all the time and we suggest that you check with a web site that specialises in such subjects if you're looking for more than a quick read.

Do you run a web server? Do you check your access log files from time to time to see who's been visiting and which pages are popular, or to check for broken links?

If you find that you've got visitors looking for /default.ida (followed by a long string of other text in the URL), then you're under attack from the Code Red 2 worm.

Code Red 2 attacks Windows 2000 systems running IIS; once it enters via /default.ida (there's a security hole there) it will in turn start attacking other servers from your system.

Code Red doesn't actually check which server it's attacking, so even if you run Apache, you'll most likely see it appearing in your logs. It doesn't do any harm on Apache or other servers - it's really just an irritant. There's an Apache Module available - Apache::CodeRed - which will intercept requests for the default.ida page, will determine the name of the host computer attacking, and will send a warning email to the administrator there.

If you're running IIS, of course, you'll want to get the patch from Microsoft now - even if you've not been attacked yet.

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