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Spam Exploiting Windows Flaw

We've spotted multiple reports of junk e-mail going around that -- when opened or even just previewed on vulnerable Microsoft Windows machines -- tries to download a very nasty piece of malware called "WootBot", which allows hackers to control victims' computers remotely and steal personal data from infected computers.

To install Wootbot, the spam tries to exploit a flaw in how Windows handles image and cursor files. People who are not patched against the flaw and who are using older versions of the Outlook e-mail program could be highly vulnerable, because users do not even have to open the e-mail to get infected. The exploit can download to a vulnerable machine even if the user merely views the e-mail in the preview pane.

If you're not up-to-date on your Microsoft Windows patches, now would be a good time to fix that by visiting Windows Update.

Microsoft released a fix for this problem back in January, but evidently the patch is creating problems for some Windows 98, Windows 98SE and Windows ME users.

By Brian Krebs  |  April 1, 2005; 4:03 PM ET
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