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1998 SOFTWARE WARNINGS
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Below are some programs and viruses to be aware of:
(get the most accurate virus information from McAfee's Virus Info Library or Microsoft Security)

E-mail attachments with long filenames

7/29/98
Researchers have discovered a potential problem with the way some e-mail programs read attachments with extremely long filenames. The e-mail program could shut down unexpectedly. A skilled hacker could use this malicious email to execute arbitrary code contained in the email.

Microsoft has posted a fix for Outlook 98 and Outlook Express e-mail clients. Click this link to read Microsoft Security Bulletin 98-008 about this issue. Customers using Microsoft Outlook 98 for Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows NT 4.0 should download the Outlook 98 patch. This patch will work for all language versions of Microsoft Outlook 98. If you are using Outlook Express 4.0 that comes with Internet Explorer 4.0 on Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows NT 4.0, you must first upgrade to Internet Explorer 4.01 (http://www.microsoft.com/ie/download), then install the Outlook Express patch listed below (the disk from Mid-Missouri is version 4.01 Service Pack 1).

Customers using Microsoft Outlook Express 4.01 for Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0 or the Macintosh should download the available patch from the Internet Explorer security Web site, (http://www.microsoft.com/ie/security/oelong.htm)

Information for Netscape users can be found here.

The Pegasus Mail program is not affected by this vulnerability. While testing, however, the developer has detected another related problem and expects it to be corrected in the 3.01c release due next week.

Excell paix.a

1/29/98
The "paix.a" virus attacks Microsoft Excel, the most popular spreadsheet program, by removing the toolbar and forcing the user to close the worksheet without saving data, thereby losing it. The virus renames the file "Paix en fin," French for "Peace at last."

Network Associates has posted an update to its antivirus software, BetaScan.zip, which will identify and kill the virus. It is available at beta.mcafee.com/public/datafiles.

Anti-virus researcher Steve Trilling of Symantec says that company also has isolated the virus and is working on a solution, which will be posted soon at www.symantec.com.

USA Today


If you have know of other programs that should be added to this list please contact the System Administrator.
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