New Outlook Patch Prevents Spread of E-Mail-Based Viruses

Because of Outlook’s susceptibility to worm-type e-mail-born viruses, the danger this poses to customers, and Microsoft’s potential liability if it failed to act, Microsoft has issued a comprehensive patch for Outlook 98 and Outlook 2000. The patch protects against future LoveBug-type virus incidents by severely restricting the types of file attachments that are acceptable within e-mail messages and by limiting the capacity of viruses to spread themselves using Outlook’s programming interfaces.

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