No reports of Davinia worm

Sophos Press Release

Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, said today that it had received no reports of the Davinia worm (also known as VBS/Davinia or HTML/LittleDavinia) from its customers.

The Davinia worm was the subject of a press release by a Spanish anti-virus company on Friday January 12 2001, but despite excitable reports in the media it does not appear to be spreading.

Nevertheless, due to media and customer interest, Sophos has updated its product to protect against this new worm.

The worm exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Office which was first warned about in May 2000. Sophos recommends users read Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-034).

"This appears to be a storm in a teacup," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus. "The worm does not appear to be spreading, and any security conscious company will already have patched against this loophole in Microsoft Office."

Sophos recommends that companies also practise safe computing, and has published a short list of tips which can be used to dramatically reduce your chances of virus infection.


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