New Variant of Conficker/Downadup Worm Circulating

Aware of public reports concerning a new variant of the Conficker/Downadup worm, named Conficker B++. This variant propagates itself via multiple methods, including exploitation of the previously patched vulnerability addressed in MS08-067, password guessing, and the infection of removable media. Most significantly, Conficker B++ implements a new backdoor with “auto-update” functionality, allowing machines compromised by the new variant to have additional malicious code installed on them. According to Microsoft, there is no indication that systems infected with previous variants of Conficker can automatically be re-infected with the B++ variant.
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