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  3. W32.Gaobot.ZX


Risk Level 2: Low

April 12, 2004
February 13, 2007 12:21:17 PM
Also Known As:
Backdoor.Agobot.lq [Kaspersky]
Systems Affected:

W32.Gaobot.ZX is a minor variant of W32.Gaobot.SY. This worm attempts to spread through network shares with weak passwords, and it also allows attackers to access an infected computer using a predetermined IRC channel.

The worm uses multiple vulnerabilities to spread, including:
This variant is often compressed with Yoda's Cryptor, PE_Patch, and UPX.

Note: Virus definitions released April 16, 2004 contained a modification to this detection to account for the discovery of a minor variant.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version April 13, 2004
  • Latest Rapid Release version September 28, 2010 revision 054
  • Initial Daily Certified version April 13, 2004
  • Latest Daily Certified version September 28, 2010 revision 036
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date April 14, 2004
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
Writeup By: Maryl Magee

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