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Outlook security updates not stopping Swen
From: "Guy Barnum" <GuyBarnum () Armscole com>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 13:09:28 -0400

(posted to dshield also)
For all of you who have been flooded with Swen emails.  I've gone around a few times over the last few days with a 
combination of ISA server, outlook and Norton not being able to stop the latest Microsoft-hoax swen virus email.  Here 
is what I came up with:

I just tested a win 98 system and a win XP Pro system after installing the latest office service pack and security 
updates.  

On the win98 system Outlook would still trigger the swen .exe attachment from just the email preview and doesn't filter 
any dangerous file extension attachments as its supposed to.

Installing the same service packs and security patches on the xp pro machine, running the same version of office, fixed 
the problem.  The default dangerous file extension attachments are stripped out of the email.

On the win98 system I had to go in to the registry and add the Level1Add string value (along with a few preceding 
registry keys) and manually add all of the extensions I want to be filtered.  This looks like it took care of the 
problem as I've sent myself a few .exe and .com files that have been stripped out.

See article: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;312834

To see the recommended list of file extensions to block if you also need to add these by hand see article: 
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=290497

and scroll down to "Attachment Behavior".

It strikes me as surreal that Microsoft releases a security update to fix a bug, which security update itself has a bug 
and another update web page on how to manually fix it.  Couldn't they go back and re-release a working version of their 
original security update?!

Guy
gbarnum () armscole com


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