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Stop Using Outlook! [Jul. 19th, 2000|09:59 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Okay, this has got to be the worst Microsoft security problem ever. If you use Outlook or Outlook Express, stop using it immediately until you get the fix. Info from Microsoft is here. The sad part of this bug is that you don't even have to open the message or an attachment to get infected ... you only have to recieve the message.

If you can access your mail through IMAP (you should be), do so .... and use another mail client that supports IMAP until the Outlook bug is fixed.
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[User Picture]From: nick
2000-07-19 10:18 am (UTC)

damn microsoft

why they gotta be so damn careless all the time?
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[User Picture]From: greg
2000-07-19 10:38 am (UTC)

IMAP is king

Netscape Messenger supports IMAP as well as Mahogany http://www.wxwindows.org/Mahogany
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From: (Anonymous)
2000-07-19 10:50 am (UTC)
If you've already downloaded I.E. 5.5 or 5.01 service pack you should be fine. Otherwise, get the patch and you might want to even get a free virus scanner and take a peek at your drives.
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2000-07-19 10:55 am (UTC)

Re:

yeah well, I'm on Windows 2000 ... which is still affected as of IE 5.5 ....
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From: delusion_
2000-07-19 12:08 pm (UTC)

Re:

Should SP1 be out soon to fix all that?
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[User Picture]From: tydel
2000-07-19 04:01 pm (UTC)

Micro$haft

Their security update says that POP3 and IMAP4 ARE affected. Only MAPI isn't affected. heh
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2000-07-19 04:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Micro$haft

I know, I'm saying use IMAP with another mail client for the time being, then switch back to IMAP on Outlook later, so your mail will still be how you left it.
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[User Picture]From: nolegs
2000-07-19 06:23 pm (UTC)

thanks

I am now afraid to check my mail
I could have kept on using outlook but NOOooooo
you had to put the fear in me
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