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VNUnet: 'Disastrous security flaw' in Windows

Sep 06, 1999, 03:25 (5 Talkback[s])

"Beware. A team of US academics has uncovered what one expert called 'potentially the most disastrous security flaw in Microsoft's history' within Windows 95 and 98"

"The Secure Internet Program Laboratory took two days to develop an email that erased a file from a PC when a user simply viewed the mail - and did not click on any dialogue box.

The famously damaging Melissa virus required victims to open an email attachment, allowing IT managers to protect against it by stripping off attachments or by warning staff not to open them."

" 'This is potentially the most disastrous security flaw in Microsoft's history,' said Simon Davies, visiting fellow of computer security at London School of Economics."

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