[windows2000] Re: Windows XP causing broadcast storm on network

  • From: "Kevin Alexander" <kalexander@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2003 10:06:33 -0000

Thanks Angus.  I would have expected Norton to pick that up really, although it
is a possibility since none of the machines were on the network long enough to
get all the MS updates.
 
I'll go and check - cheers.
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Angus Macdonald [mailto:Angus.Macdonald@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: 17 November 2003 09:54
To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [windows2000] Re: Windows XP causing broadcast storm on network 



The Blaster and Welchia trojans cause that sort of result. If you haven't
applied the security patches there's every chance that all your machines are now
infected.

-----Original Message-----
From: Kevin Alexander [mailto:kalexander@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: 17 November 2003 09:31
To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [windows2000] Windows XP causing broadcast storm on network 



I'm hoping someone has an idea of what's causing this annoying problem! 

We have a 20 user Windows 2000/XP (about 50:50 mix) network that ran with no
problems until someone bought in a laptop with XP Home installed.  The moment it
connected to the network all connections and internet connection went down.
Pinging any PC on the same switch worked, but not to a different switch.
Looking at the lights on each switch in the path from this laptop to the router,
the lights were flashing like mad.  Disconnecting the laptop got the network
back within 30 seconds.

We took the laptop out of the network and thought no more about it until we put
some new computers in.  We now have 3 XP Pro PCs and 2 XP Home laptops that are
doing the same thing.  They seem to set each other off - 2 of the PCs were fine
for a few hours until the other connected, now any of the 3 cause the network to
stop working.  All systems are using DHCP from a Netgear FR114P router, which
then NATs to a broadband connection.

Sounds a little like a virus, but we installed Norton, with updates, and it
picked up nothing. 

Any ideas anyone?  I haven't got a traffic sniffer, but if you know of a good
free one that might give some clues. 

Thanks 
Kevin 


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