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Self-Executing HTML: Internet Explorer 5.5 and 6.0
From: "http-equiv () excite com" <http-equiv () malware com>
Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2002 14:42:10 -0000

Saturday, June 01, 200

The following file is an html file comprising both scripting and a 
complied help file [*.chm]. 

We inject scripting into the actual help file which is designed to 
point back to the html file and execute it. Provided the html file 
name contains the 'word' chm in it, Internet Explorer 5.5 and 6.0 
executes it.

Because it is an html file proper, Internet Explorer opens it. The 
scripting inside is then parsed and fired. That scripting is pointing 
back to the same file with a showHelp call and because that is 
precisely what it is, it executes !

Tested on win98 IE5.5 and IE6. Constructed for win98:

[harmless *.exe - requires positioning of Mshta.exe @ 


Be aware of html files out there.

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