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New vulnerability in Samba raises fresh WannaCry fears

Security researchers have found a vulnerability affecting Samba, networking software which helps Windows PCs connect to Linux servers, Reuters reported[1]. Information security company Rapid7 said it found more than 100,000 computers running vulnerable versions of Samba, and there are likely to be many more. Rapid7 said the vulnerability could be used to develop a worm like the one which allowed the WannaCry ransomware to spread so quickly.

Developing such a vulnerability would require an extra step for the attacker, said Rapid7.

However, it stated that it had taken researchers only 15 minutes to develop malware exploiting the security flaw.

There were no signs of attackers exploiting the vulnerability in the 12 hours since its discovery was announced, said Reuters.

Now read: South Africans, please patch your Windows — Telkom[2]

References

  1. ^ Reuters reported (www.reuters.com)
  2. ^ South Africans, please patch your Windows — Telkom (mybroadband.co.za)

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