Bogus MS 'critical update'

Martin Hepworth martinh at SOLID-STATE-LOGIC.COM
Mon Jul 25 11:30:15 IST 2005

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Nigel kendrick wrote:
> I have just had a bogus Microsoft update slip through the net. Is there a
> rule to combat these? In any case, here's the info in case it's of use:
> From: MS Technical Services [fdgekwamzwrzj at]
> Subject line: "Newest Microsoft Critical Pack"
> The attachment was "Upgrade9591.exe"
> Here's the body, minus HTML formatting:
>   Microsoft    All Products |  Support |  Search | Guide   
> Microsoft Home    
> MS Customer
> this is the latest version of security update, the "July 2005, Cumulative
> Patch" update which eliminates all known security vulnerabilities affecting
> MS Internet Explorer, MS Outlook and MS Outlook Express as well as three
> newly discovered vulnerabilities. Install now to continue keeping your
> computer secure from these vulnerabilities, the most serious of which could
> allow an malicious user to run executable on your computer. This update
> includes the functionality of all previously released patches.  
>  System requirements  Windows 95/98/Me/2000/NT/XP 
>  This update applies to  MS Internet Explorer, version 4.01 and later
> MS Outlook, version 8.00 and later
> MS Outlook Express, version 4.01 and later  
>  Recommendation Customers should install the patch at the earliest
> opportunity. 
>  How to install Run attached file. Choose Yes on displayed dialog box. 
>  How to use You don't need to do anything after installing this item. 
> Microsoft Product Support Services and Knowledge Base articles can be found
> on the Microsoft Technical Support web site. For security-related
> information about Microsoft products, please visit the Microsoft Security
> Advisor web site, or Contact Us. 
> Thank you for using Microsoft products.
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what's the attachment and what Anti-virus are you running. By defauly MS 
should block .exe's so have you 'tweaked' the filetype scanning on your 

Martin Hepworth
Senior Systems Administrator
Solid State Logic Ltd
tel: +44 (0)1865 842300


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