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From: aleph1 () SECURITYFOCUS COM (Elias Levy)
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2000 09:53:05 -0800

Well it seems that EICAR attachment set off a lot of alarms. To clear
things up the EICAR file is a test file used to test an antivirus
basic functions are working. You can find out more about EICAR at

A reminder: BUGTRAQ is a vulnerability mailing list. As such some of
the content posted to it can be downright dangerous. For all you know
someone may post a working exploit against your mail program which will
execute once you open a message. So remember to be paranoid.

Some things to keep in mind:

* Don't read BUGTRAQ using an HTML capable MUA.
* Don't read BUGTRAQ using a scriptable MUA.
* Don't read BUGTRAQ using a MIME capable MUA with a questionable mailcap file.
* Don't read BUGTRAQ using "smart" MUA that interprets the message contents.
* Don't trust executable attachments such as binaries or macro capable
  data files.
* Do use an antivirus program.

Elias Levy

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