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  3. W32.Mertian.Worm


Risk Level 1: Very Low

December 11, 2003
February 13, 2007 12:15:01 PM
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Systems Affected:

W32.Mertian.Worm is a network-aware worm that copies itself to all the network shares without password protection. This mass-mailing worm also sends itself by using MAPI. But the mass-mailing function may not properly work.

The email may have the following characteristics:

Subject: want to see my new pic!!!
Message: Hi!! how r u? want to see my new look!!?
Attachment: My_New_pic.doc.exe

The worm is written in Microsoft Visual Basic, version 6.0.

Note: Virus definitions dated prior to December 15, 2003 detect this as W32.Mertian@mm.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version December 11, 2003
  • Latest Rapid Release version September 28, 2010 revision 054
  • Initial Daily Certified version December 11, 2003
  • Latest Daily Certified version September 28, 2010 revision 036
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date December 17, 2003
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
Writeup By: Kaoru Hayashi

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