A Linux-based Internet worm known as Ramen -- named after the popular noodle soup -- has been seen in the wild, affecting systems that run Red Hat Inc.'s versions 6.2 and 7.0 of its open-source OS, several Web security observers report. The worm has been known of since about September 2000 when Red Hat developed a patch addressing it. The worm affects only servers running Red Hat Linux and not any of Microsoft's operating systems, computer security company Symantec said. The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, which put out an advisory about the Ramen worm on Jan. 18, warns that the worm could damage or alter Web-related files and system files. It also might create DoS (denial of service) conditions if altered or if destroyed files are not available.
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