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VNUnet: ‘Disastrous security flaw’ in Windows

“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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