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June 09, 2007

Microsoft's IIS Makes Malware Authors Happy

Google's Online Security Blog claims that Microsoft IIS servers are more than twice as likely to be used to deliver malware to visitors.

We examined about 70,000 domains that over the past month have been either distributing malware or have been responsible for hosting browser exploits leading to drive-by-downloads. The breakdown by server software is depicted below. It is important to note that while many servers serve malware as a result of a server compromise (by remote exploits, password theft via keyloggers, etc.), some servers are configured to serve up exploits by their administrators.

Compared to our sample of servers across the Internet, Microsoft IIS features twice as often (49% vs. 23%) as a malware distributing server. Amongst Microsoft IIS servers, the share of IIS 6.0 and IIS 5.0 remained the same at 80% and 20% respectively.

I'm not surprised at all and I doubt it's just a case of pirated copies of IIS or or unpatched copies of IIS as the blog suggests.

Posted in Computing & Tech News , Microsoft & Windows , Web Design by usrbingeek at 2007-06-09 04:01 ET (GMT-5) | 0 Comments | Permalink



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