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Tuesday, September 18, 2001

New Worm Spreading

Slashdot is alerting people about a new worm spreading around. It appears to be a variant/mutation/update of CodeRed. Among other things, it attaches a file called "readme.eml" to every page the infected web server serves. Thanks to some problem with Internet Explorer, the readme.eml file is automatically executed on clients. This is going to be a mess.

UPDATE! I just talked with Crawl at EZ-Net and he confirmed that their servers have been attacked by this worm but not compromised. He reported around 500 attempts since around 9:00 A.M. That's the other sickening thing about this worm: it appears that it may have been set to "go off" at 8:42 this morning, exactly a week after the first attack on the World Trade Center.

UPDATE #2! This worm has a name: Nimda. Check out TruSecure for more information. According to them, it is NOT a Code Red variant, although the means of attack it uses are similar. It only affects IIS servers. It tries several different exploits, but you should be OK if your box is patched up-to-date.

This worm can also spread by opening an email attachment called readme.exe which is sent with a WAV file mime type. DO NOT RUN IT! If you receive email with that attachment delete it immediately.

GamersTV Beta Released

A beta version of GamersTV, which allows thousands of people to watch Quake III Arena matches in action, has been released. It sounds like a pretty sweet idea, I may have to check it out. And yes, Virginia, there is a Linux version as well as Windows (no Mac though). Thanks Blue.

More on the Mac Wolfie Test

id's Graeme Devine updated his .plan with more information on the Mac OS X version of the Return to Castle Wolfenstein multiplayer test client. He even tells you where to get a bleeding edge binary if you are interested in trying it.

Monday, September 17, 2001

Half-Life Wednesday

Blue got word that Valve will be releasing the patch for Half-Life on Wednesday at 11 A.M. PST (9 A.M. CST). This patch will include the new spectator features and voice-over-ip.

New Visors

Handspring has introduced two new Visor PDAs, the Pro and the Neo. VisorCentral has reviews of both the Pro and the Neo available. Personally, neither of them thrill me. Both include PalmOS 3.5. The only advantage over my deluxe is that the Pro has a faster processor, 16M memory, and a lithium ion battery. The Neo only adds a faster processor and new colors. Whee. I'll consider upgrading when they come out with a Visor that combines the Edge slim form-factor along with the Prism's color screen.

Whilst we're talking about Visors, I did notice in the Best Buy flier (no affiliation, yadda, yadda) that they are starting to carry more Springboard modules. The prices of the modules are dropping to the point that it makes sense to consider some of them. I'd REALLY like a module that would allow me to use my Visor as a standard cellphone, not one that requires you to be within six inches of a town with more than half a million people.

Zaphod on the Wolfie Test

id's Graeme Devine updated his .plan with news that there will be some downtime on the Return to Castle Wolfenstein test master server today. Of course, by time it finally showed up on Webdog, the work was probably already done (Blue and Webdog seem to be having some "issues" this morning). However, he did have an update on the Max OS X port:
The OS X dedicated server and client //should// be done today, there was a bunch of changes to the general codebase before the test went out, and it seemed wiser to allow that hubbub to settle down a bit.

Back to Business

Whelp, it's Monday, and across our country everyone is trying to go back to work as normal. The stock markets are open. They are predictably down, but they are open and functioning normally. Major League Baseball resumes its regular schedule. The National Hockey League begins its pre-season (W00t! Go Wings!) Terrorists stunned us momentarily, but they didn't drop us. Does the term "rope-a-dope" mean anything to you, Mr. Terrorist?

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