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  • Popplestone, Ann
    ... From: jan matthieu [mailto:j.matthieu@PLANETINTERNET.BE] Sent: Monday, May 15, 2000 5:11 PM To: ANTHRO-L@LISTSERV.ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU Subject: mind this all
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      FW: mind this all ye microsoft users it is no hoax

      -----Original Message-----
      From: jan matthieu [mailto:j.matthieu@...]
      Sent: Monday, May 15, 2000 5:11 PM
      To: ANTHRO-L@...
      Subject: mind this all ye microsoft users it is no hoax
      Importance: High

      Dear friends, I'm not often doing this, but I forward this urgent admonition
      to those who haven't downloaded the patch for their explorers and email
      programs yet: it was sent to me by the Belgian government services and I
      double checked the truth of this. It is indeed no joke.
      Download at the adress mentioned in the mail, it takes only a couple of
      minutes (maximum, fast modems a matter of seconds).


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      > High risk of virus spreading without attachments being opened
      >    (05/10/2000) As if security experts didn't have enough worries yet,
      > reports are coming in that in the aftermath of the already numerous
      > LoveLetter variants, new email viruses are now spreading without the
      > intervention of the user. That's correct, the attachments carrying the
      > payload, seem to auto-execute without the user opening them.
      > The range of vulnerable machines also broadens as not only machines
      > running Internet Explorer (IE) version 5.0 and/or Microsoft Office 2000
      > are vulnerable, but a user is now seemingly also vulnerable when the user
      > has IE simply installed with the default security settings, without even
      > using it. Needless to say this is a major flaw and could lead to enormous
      > computer & network mayhem. Sources of the likes of Network Associates
      > <http://www.nai.com> and SANS <http://www.sans.org/newlook/home.htm> all
      > agree that this is by far the fastest growing virus distribution problem
      > potent enough to cause a hugely destructive event - at least as large as
      > the ILOVEYOU virus. Updating one's virus detection software, while
      > important, is apparently not an effective solution for this problem. This
      > additional hole needs also to be closed. Windows systems that have not yet
      > been fixed for MS99-032 should be fixed ASAP, whether one does or does not
      > use MSIE (Internet explorer) or Office 2000,even if you never open
      > attachments of emails.
      > The problem is allegedly caused by a programming bug in an Internet
      > Explorer ActiveX control called scriptlet.typelib. Tools at Microsoft's
      > security site <http://www.microsoft.com/security/bulletins/ms99-032.asp>
      > are available though to close this initial hole at:
      > <http://www.microsoft.com/security/bulletins/ms99-032.asp>
      > The correction script may be run directly from:
      > <http://www.microsoft.com/msdownload/iebuild/scriptlet/en/scriptlet.htm>
      > SecurityWatch will of course keep a close eye on this alarming news,
      > updates will be published as we receive them.
      > Jimmy Kuo of Network Associates and Nick FitzGerald of Computer Virus
      > Consulting Ltd. raised the visibility of this dangerous problem.
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