ComputerWorld: ActiveX flaw can help spread viruses

“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

“This is by far the fastest growing virus distribution program
and ripe for a hugely destructive event…”


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