Astaro Protects Customers From Worms That Exploit the Plug and Play Flaw on Windows Astaro Security Linux V6 Stops Worms That Spread Rapidly

and Damage Windows 2000 Systems

    BURLINGTON, Mass., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Astaro Corporation reports that
 Astaro Security Gateway appliances and other systems running its Astaro
 Security Linux V6 software are now protecting customers from worms that
 exploit a flaw in Windows 2000 systems. The worms can steal information, cause
 severe performance degradation on infected systems, delete files, and launch
 denial of service attacks against web servers.
     These worms have already struck major corporations and the United States
 Congress and pose a severe threat to computer networks throughout the world.
     The worms and variants are known by various names including Zotob.a
 through Zotob.f, WORM_RBOT.CBQ, IRCBot.Worm, Tpbot-A, Net-Worm.Win32.Bozori.a
 and others. The worms exploit the Plug and Play features of Microsoft Windows
     Astaro's technology detects and blocks these worms with its Virus
 Protection and Intrusion Protection applications. Signatures were made
 available to Astaro customers yesterday, August 17, within hours of the
 detection of the latest variations of the worms.
     "All IT managers and business owners should be concerned about new
 threats, but Astaro customers can be assured that our products are updated
 quickly and automatically, ensuring an effective defense against constantly
 changing threats," said Jan Hichert, CEO of Astaro. "The best offense is a
 good defense and we endeavor to make sure that threats do not get past our
 customer's perimeter and into their network."
     Microsoft has more details in Security Bulletin # MS05-039 at
     Protection for All Types of Networks
     The Astaro Security Gateway software and appliances sit between the
 corporate network and the outside world and provide protection for all types
 of networks and all types of computer systems, including Windows, Linux and
 Unix-based PCs and servers.
     Protection includes:
     * Firewall - with stateful packet inspection and application proxies
       guards Internet communications traffic in and out of the organization.
     * Virtual Private Network (VPN) gateway - assures secure communications
       with remote offices, "road warriors," and telecommuters.
     * Virus Protection - defends computers from both email and web-borne
     * Intrusion Protection - detects and stops hostile probes and application-
       based attacks.
     * Spam Protection - eliminates the productivity drain of opening and
       deleting unsolicited emails.
     * Surf Protection (Content Filtering) - improves productivity by blocking
       inappropriate activities on the web.
     * Spyware Protection - detects and blocks spyware infection attempts as
       well as spyware communication from already infected systems.
     About Astaro -
     Astaro Corporation is headquartered in Burlington, Mass. and with
 facilities in Karlsruhe, Germany. Astaro's software has won numerous industry
 awards, and is protecting over 20,000 networks in 60 countries, including such
 organizations as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Los Alamos National Labs, Stanford
 University and Watsco, Inc. Astaro products are distributed by a worldwide
 network of 350 solutions partners who offer local support and services.
     All trademarks are owned by their respective companies.

SOURCE Astaro Corporation

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