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Re: Images being pulled in Outlook 2003 even though don't download pictures is set?
From: "Jason Coombs PivX Solutions" <jcoombs () PivX com>
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 00:34:55 +0000 GMT

The recent LIBPNG vulnerability can be exploited by sending HTML e-mail containing an embedded malicious PNG image 
referenced locally using cid: as well, if the recipient of the e-mail is using a vulnerable mail client. See

Chris Evans' security advisory
http://scary.beasts.org/security/CESA-2004-001.txt

Therefore this issue is somewhat serious, and deserves more attention. Mail clients need to block automatic display of 
all images, not just those referenced by external URL inside an img tag. It is a lot of work to locate vulnerable 
binary code, notify vendors of vulnerable or flawed products and teach them this remedial basic security principle. I 
am looking for volunteers who are interested in helping out with this effort.

Does anyone have a list of closed-source products known to contain LIBPNG or code derived from it that is believed 
vulnerable?

Most Secure Regards,

Jason Coombs
Director of Forensic Services
PivX Solutions, Inc.
Jcoombs () PivX com

-----Original Message-----
From: "CHRIS GRABENSTEIN" <CGRABENSTEIN () lfcc edu>
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2004 15:20:39 
To:<security-basics () securityfocus com>
Subject: RE: Images being pulled in Outlook 2003 even though don't download pictures is set?

The reference after cid: refers to an image embedded in the email itself.
The image arrives as part of the email rather than being pulled from a remote
server.

-----Original Message-----
From: Spencer, Mark [mailto:mspencer () evidentdata com] 
Sent: Sunday, August 22, 2004 12:36 PM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Images being pulled in Outlook 2003 even though don't download
pictures is set?

I've been getting lots of spam with images being displayed, even though my
Outlook 2003 is set to not download pictures automatically.  Here's what I
think is the relevant code (minus < and >):

DIV align=center
FONT face=Arial size=2
IMG src="cid:kfhyepds_bfjhwcxn_dkiaarqo"
/FONT
/DIV
/BODY
/HTML

Any advice on how to deal with this?  How does that "cid: .." translate into
a legitimate IP address from which to pull an image?

Thanks!

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