Wednesday, March 26, 2003


An extract from one of the recent spate of reports and warnings from MSFT (all emphasis with bolding is mine): Microsoft has warned users that most versions of its Windows software have a "critical" flaw that, if exploited, can allow a hacker to usurp control of a system or network when a victim visits a Web site or uses an e-mail program (The flaw, in case you were interested, was in the Windows Script Engine). Ever since the Slammer Worm, I decided to pursue an old worktime relief activity: finding out what webservers different famous domains were running. People who have been following the news reports every time a new virus hits the Internet will not be surprised to know that a lot of Government sites use IIS (the victim of numerous attacks in the past, present and forseeable future): the CDC (which grows popular every time a new disease attacks the world -- to be more precise, every time a new disease that has affected the rest of the world affects someone in the US of A, which defines the world as itself) is but one local example. What is interesting is the information returned by a query on Netcraft's Uptime Survey Site for the CDC: The site is running Microsoft-IIS/5.0 on Linux. Of course, my hosts Blogger are running IIS as well (Microsoft-IIS/5.0 on Windows 2000).

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