Gurre.A

This page shows details and results of our analysis on the malware Gurre.A

Overview

This is a virus detection. Viruses are programs that self-replicate recursively, meaning that infected systems spread the virus to other systems, which then propagate the virus further. While many viruses contain a destructive payload, it's quite common for viruses to do nothing more than spread from one system to another.


Minimum DAT

4002 (1998-12-02)

Updated DAT

4002 (1998-12-02)

Minimum Engine

5400.1158

File Length

Not Applicable

Description Added

1998-02-15

Description Modified

1998-02-15

Malware Proliferation

Characteristics

This virus propagates by infecting Word Documents in Microsoft WORD Versions 6.x / 7.x / 97 on Windows and Macintosh platforms. The virus consists of the macro(s):

AUTOOPEN, AUTOCLOSE, FORM<

in an infected document. The virus becomes active by using Auto- and SystemMacros.

Symptoms

Only the macros AUTOOPEN, and AUTOCLOSE are replicated in the Word97 version. The virus contains a destructive payload which creates a file C:\W.BAT and then runs it. The file formats the C: drive.

Method of Infection

Removal

All Users :
Script,Batch,Macro and non memory-resident:
Use current engine and DAT files for detection and removal.

PE,Trojan,Internet Worm and memory resident :
Use specified engine and DAT files for detection. To remove, boot to MS-DOS mode or use a boot diskette and use the command line scanner:

SCANPM /ADL /CLEAN /ALL

Additional Windows ME/XP removal considerations


Users should not trust file icons, particularly when receiving files from others via P2P clients, IRC, email or other mediums where users can share files.

AVERT Recommended Updates :

* Office2000 Updates

* Malformed Word Document Could Enable Macro to Run Automatically (Information/Patch )

* scriptlet.typelib/Eyedog vulnerability patch

* Outlook as an email attachment security update

* Exchange 5.5 post SP3 Information Store Patch 5.5.2652.42 - this patch corrects detection issues with GroupShield

For a list of attachments blocked by the Outlook patch and a general FAQ, visit this link .
Additionally, Network Administrators can configure this update using an available tool - visit this link for more information .

It is very common for macro viruses to disable options within Office applications for example in Word, the macro protection warning commonly is disabled. After cleaning macro viruses, ensure that your previously set options are again enabled.

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