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avast installation followed by lsass.exe reboot cycle
« on: July 24, 2005, 06:30:44 PM »
I have been having problems with an as yet unidentified mass mailing worm on a Dell PowerEdge SC1420 running Windows SBS 2003. I installed your trialware avast! 4 Server Edition to see if it could find and fix the problem. When I rebooted after the installation the boot process was interrupted by the following:

"lsass.exe System Error  When trying to update a password this return indicates that the value provided as the current password is incorrect" 

5 seconds later a system reboot occurs and the process repeats ad infinitum in an uninterruptible cycle.

I then fitted a second hard drive to the machine and installed a second copy of SBS2003 on it. I then installed avast! 4 Server Edition on that, and swept all drives for viruses using the 'thorough' setting and including 'archives'. Netsky-P and Netsky-Q were found among email attachments in Exchange data on the old system, but nothing that appeared to be live or a mass mailing culprit.

Web searching indicates a connection between the sasser worm and the lsass.exe reboot cycle behaviour, but avast did not detect sasser in my installation.

Questions:

1) Has anyone experienced the lsass.exe system error with an avast installation before? (if not, then it can be assumed that the installation did not cause the lsasse.exe error).

2) Does avast reliably detect sasser infections?

3) Any ideas as to the best resolution?

Thanks to all who reply.


Offline xistenz

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Re: avast installation followed by lsass.exe reboot cycle
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2005, 06:35:42 PM »
Sounds very much like a buffer overflow caused by sasser or similar.

The only thing I can suggest is to hit the windows key and 'r' at the same time to bring up the run box, and type in:

Code: [Select]
shutdown -a
to stop the shutdown sequence.


Windows SBS 2003 is fairly new and I imaging it would be resistant to these types of attacks. Is it up to date?

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Re: avast installation followed by lsass.exe reboot cycle
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2005, 06:39:45 PM »
And another thing.

Are you trying to use avast Server Edition or avast SBS Editon?