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[filmscanners] Re: Bugbear virus

As I understand this situation, older versions of some email readers
automatically opened MIME attachments.  If the Bugbear virus was
contained in that attachment you could be infected.  IE version 6 and
above no longer open MIME attachments, which provides you with the
security of personally scrutinizing the attachment before opening it.

I use Netscape 6.2 and I notice that these MIME attachments do not even
show up as attachments.  However if I "view message source", then I can
see the MIME attachment with its title (which can vary, as can the email
content).  Do not assume that because the attachment title is something
sounding safe that it is.

In fairness to others here, who may find this off topic thread getting
too long, if you have other questions you may wish to use private email.


Shunith Dutt wrote:

> Vincent...
> from what i gather i need to open the attachment to get infected??? If
> that's the case... then no problem...
> SD
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Vincent Cleij" <vcleij@planet.nl>
> To: <shunith@vsnl.com>
> Sent: Sunday, October 13, 2002 4:15 PM
> Subject: [filmscanners] RE: Bugbear virus
> Hi,
> No, if you install the MIME-header patch or use a recent version of IE it
> only protects you from running viruses automatically. Your computer can
> still be infected if you open an attachment that is actually a virus. But if
> you do not have this security vulnerability in IE and you are very careful
> with opening attachments you are better protected.
> Patch from Microsoft:
> http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/downloads/critical/q290108/default.asp

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