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ComputerWorld: ActiveX flaw can help spread viruses

May 12, 2000, 16:51 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ann Harrison)

"A flawed ActiveX control makes computers running Internet Explorer Version 5.0 or Microsoft Office 2000 vulnerable to virus infections on most e-mail systems even if users don't open infected attachments, according to a computer security think tank."

"Bethesda, Md.-based SANS Institute revealed yesterday that default security settings on Explorer permit users to receive viruses and spread them by viewing or previewing malicious e-mail without actually opening an attachment or visiting a malicious Web site."

"This is by far the fastest growing virus distribution program and ripe for a hugely destructive event..."

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