[svlug] Virus FUD

Jan-Albert Venter JAVenter at africon.co.za
Mon May 8 23:30:03 PDT 2000

The biggest problem with html mail, the reason most Linux users don't send
them, and most LUG-mailing lists fobid them, is that they are a flagrant
waste of bandwith, that many of us don't have. The virii problems on windows
machines, is just the next part. With smart use of activeX code, it might
indeed be possible to write a virus that contains no attachments, and merely
needs to be opened. 
See you for next years great virus atack....

-----Original Message-----
From: Walter Reed [mailto:walt at hubinternet.com]
Sent: Monday, May 08, 2000 5:27 PM
To: dfox at belvdere.vip.best.com
Cc: Kenneth Kellum; svlug at svlug.org
Subject: Re: [svlug] Virus FUD

On Sun, May 07, 2000 at 09:33:11AM -0700, dfox at belvdere.vip.best.com wrote:
<lots snipped>
> Most of these email viruses use Outlook because it's popular, but more
> importantly the Outlook users tend to keep track of all their contacts
> in a common address book.

Hmm. I would be more inclined to think that most email viruses target
because the default permissions are, have always been, probably always will
be, Wide Open. Microsoft's security policy has always been to allow
by default, and to force users to jump through hoops to lock things down to 
a sane level.

So what has the latest figure been on how much this particular virus has
everyone so far, $10B?? Sure makes the cost of support per desktop a little
higher doesn't it? If it causes even 5% of Win users to rethink their
corporate standards, it would be a "good thing."

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