Virus Profile: CON-CON

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Virus Profile information details
Risk Assessment: Home Low | Corporate Low
Date Discovered: 3/15/2000
Date Added: 3/20/2000
Origin: N/A
Length: N/A
Type: Trojan
Subtype: Exploit
DAT Required: 4002
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Description

This is a trojan detection. Unlike viruses, trojans do not self-replicate. They are spread manually, often under the premise that they are beneficial or wanted. The most common installation methods involve system or security exploitation, and unsuspecting users manually executing unknown programs. Distribution channels include email, malicious or hacked web pages, Internet Relay Chat (IRC), peer-to-peer networks, etc.

Indication of Infection

Not applicable. Review the security bulletin posted by Microsoft and download the update to your system from this location.

Methods of Infection

Not applicable. Review the security bulletin posted by Microsoft and download the update to your system from this location.

Related Viruses

W97M/Concon
   

Virus Characteristics

It is important to note that this is not a file trojan, but is an exploit by issuance of instruction on a system. As mentioned by Microsoft, "the vulnerability could cause a user's system to crash, if they attempted to access a file or folder whose path contained certain reserved words."

"DOS device names are reserved words, and cannot be used as folder or file names. When parsing a reference to a file or folder, Windows correctly checks for the case in which a single DOS device name is used in the path, and treats it as invalid. However, it does not check for the case in which the path includes multiple DOS device names. When Windows attempts to interpret the device name as a file resource, it performs an illegal resource access that usually results in a crash."

   
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