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Re: WMFs blocked with MIME
From: Joachim Schipper <j.schipper () math uu nl>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 20:43:41 +0100

On Thu, Jan 05, 2006 at 01:35:36PM -0000, lsi wrote:
Preliminary testing reveals that emails containing WMF files can be 
blocked by filtering for the MIME-encoded WMF header.  This approach 
works even if the file is called WORD.DOC.  The string to check for 
is:  

183GmgAA

These 8 bytes appear as the first 8 bytes of a MIME-encoded WMF.  
Thus, blocking all emails with those bytes in will block all emails 
containing WMFs.  

This technique can be used with common spam filters.  

Regarding web-based WMFs, of the three browsers on this system, only 
IE knows what to do with WMFs.  Fortunately, I don't use IE.  This 
is, however, one more reason I can use to convince my customers to 
dump it.  

That depends entirely on what 'MIME encoding' is. Base64? UUencode?
BinHex? Quoted-printable?

This is not to say that it is a bad point, and it can be useful as a
simplistic filter. But it is not more than that - even if you manage to
find patterns for all the above, there are numerous compression methods
that can be used.

                Joachim
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