Saturday, November 26, 2005

Active Worms

Active worms are especially dangerous because you may not even need to launch the worm in order for it to start replicating and unleashing its payload. It might be enough to simply open an infected email message. Yes, that’s right—you may not even need to open the attachment, just the email message itself. In fact, some worms can launch from the preview pane of email programs such as Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express, even if you don’t double-click to open the message in a separate window.
The only way to halt an active worm is to install the proper patches needed to correct vulnerabilities in your software.

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