October 21, 2002

Oh, those nutty Redmondians!

Internet Explorer 6, Service Pack 1 is now out. And, like all Service Packs, it proclaims to have better security features than the last go-around. Indeed, Outlook Express now follows the lead of Outlook, and you can block certain attachments from being opened. The exact text on the little checkbox is “Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus”. So which files does this block? Executable files, text files, help files, picture files, .bin, .dat, .sys, .bat. Seems like a pretty reasonable list, although I’ve yet to see a virus embedded in a picture or a plain text file. Now, which files does it let through? Why, MS Office files of course, like Word and Excel. “Wait a minute”, you say, “Haven’t there been all kinds of viruses spread through Word and Excel macros?” Yes there have. Yes, indeed.

Needless to say, that checkbox is off on my system.

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