Gaz 25 16:26 18 Sep 2003

The security lab has just received 121 copies of the following e-mail:

MS Partner

this is the latest version of security update, the
"September 2003, Cumulative Patch" update which eliminates
all known security vulnerabilities affecting
MS Internet Explorer, MS Outlook and MS Outlook Express
as well as three newly discovered vulnerabilities.
Install now to help protect your computer
from these vulnerabilities, the most serious of which could
allow an attacker to run code on your system.
This update includes the functionality of all previously released patches.

System requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/2000/NT/XP
This update applies to:
- MS Internet Explorer, version 4.01 and later
- MS Outlook, version 8.00 and later
- MS Outlook Express, version 4.01 and later

Recommendation: Customers should install the patch at the earliest opportunity.
How to install: Run attached file. Choose Yes on displayed dialog box.
How to use: You don't need to do anything after installing this item.

Microsoft Product Support Services and Knowledge Base articles can be found on the Microsoft Technical Support web site.
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For security-related information about Microsoft products, please visit the Microsoft Security Advisor web site
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Thank you for using Microsoft products.

Please do not reply to this message.
It was sent from an unmonitored e-mail address and we are unable to respond to any replies.

The names of the actual companies and products mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.
Copyright 2003 Microsoft Corporation.

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  Gaz 25 16:27 18 Sep 2003

Here is the sender:

"Commercial Partner" <yspx_dsaeklckx @ newsletters .com>

  Gaz 25 16:28 18 Sep 2003

FROM: "Microsoft" <zzlljuig @ newsletters.com>

TO: "Commercial Partner"

<yspx_dsaeklckx @ newsletters.com>

SUBJECT: Current Internet Critical Patch

I think the above is all spoofed.

  Jester2K II 16:29 18 Sep 2003

With 400 new ones a week just keep AV up to date and get the real patches from MS.....

  cdb 16:29 18 Sep 2003

I thought microsoft didn't send out emails like this?

  Jester2K II 16:30 18 Sep 2003

I think the point is it didn't come from MS!!

  Gaz 25 16:32 18 Sep 2003

Jester 2k

I keep my AV up to date, but I work for an antivirus comapany in may spare time.

The virus lab got lots of these e-mails today, it contains an attachment which they are looking at now.


Microsoft do NOT send anyone e-mails!

  Gaz 25 16:38 18 Sep 2003

I also have just received a copy, Antivirus has detected it as Unknown virus..... This is from the virus log....


A virus was detected in your e-mails at 4:33pm on Thursday 18th September 2003.

Virus detected by module: Unknown virus detection system

Statistics: 319Kb .pif

Other information: From was a possible spoof. The virus contained code to auto-execute the attachment which contained a possible virus.

Action: This attachment/code was removed from the e-mail, the e-mail is now safe. Please send the file which is in Virus Centre to our Virus lab for examination.

By pasting the code you have squished my screen accross my monitor :(

the problem with this type of thing is that those of us in the forum, or the great majority, know MS do not send out emails like this and further, that AV and updates are critical.

Its those poor souls who are not members that are likely to be caught by someting like this and there is no way of letting them know!

  Jester2K II 16:41 18 Sep 2003

Really general "Safe Hex" info would be better than threads like "WARNING NEW VIRUS" etc etc because to be honest there are hundreds of new ones a week. Why focus on a few when really wider knowledge of what to look for would be better....

  Gaz 25 16:47 18 Sep 2003

I have an idea: Is it fizzer that likes this?

Smiffy, I know. Well good that you all know, I was just telling you that my AV didnt detect this, so it must be new, it did detect it as a unknown possible virus though/

Sorry about the code.


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