SQL Slammer

A good portion of the internet, including five of the 13 root nameservers, are currently experiencing a massive denial of service attack caused by a new Microsoft SQL Server worm, dubbed SQL Slammer. This is the fastest spreading network worm to date.

As usual, this entire problem is caused by clueless administrators. In this case, it’s MS SQL Server admins who a) have their database servers exposed to the public internet, and b) didn’t apply the patch that was released for this vulnerability seven fucking months ago.

If I ran a business and I came in on Monday to discover that even one of our machines was compromised by this I’d fire the admin on the spot for gross incompetence.