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New bot may threaten Cisco routers

Eric B. Parizo, Executive Editor

The security of networking gear from Cisco Systems Inc. is once again in the spotlight as a new bot threatens the networking giant's routers just as another flaw is patched.

Symantec Corp. and the SANS Internet Storm Center are among the sources to confirm the existence of W32.Spybot.ZIF, a network-aware bot that propagates by exploiting various Windows vulnerabilities.

According to Symantec, the bot "opens a back door by contacting an IRC server on the domain scv.unixirc.de, through TCP port 6667." More specifically, it reportedly causes a boundary error when the authentication proxy is processing user authentication credentials.

As a result, a remote attacker can perform a number of functions on a compromised computer, some of which include:

  • Scan a specified network range for Cisco routers that may have vulnerable Telnet or HTTP servers running and report results back to IRC.
  • Start and stop threads and processes
  • Retrieve clipboard data
  • Steal passwords from protected storage
  • Perform a denial of service (DoS) attack

    While instances in the wild so far have been few, Symantec

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