Microsoft has created a fix for this security issue for Outlook
This is a special alert message to registered users of Microsoft Office, Microsoft
Outlook 98, Microsoft Internet Explorer version 4.0 or later, and Microsoft Windows 98.
We want to inform you of a security issue that affects e-mail packages including
Microsoft Outlook 98 and Microsoft Outlook Express versions 4.0 or later. Microsoft
has created a fix for this security issue, which can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/security/
This security issue involves how e-mail software handles file attachments with extremely
long file names. When users attempt to download, open or launch a file attachment
that has a name containing more than a certain number of characters, their action can
cause the program to shut down unexpectedly. It is possible - although difficult -
for a hacker to cause malicious code to be executed on a computer as a result of this
problem. However, this cannot be caused accidentally, and to date we have received no
reports of users being affected. More information on this issue can be found at
Microsoft takes security very seriously, and we know you do as well. Microsoft is
committed to ensuring that all its customers enjoy a rich, safe and secure computing
experience and developers have been working around the clock to isolate and deal with
these issues. Microsoft has provided software patches for both Outlook Express and
Outlook 98 at http://www.microsoft.com/security/
We strongly recommend that you download the appropriate patch immediately.
To ensure customer safety with regard to this and other security-related issues, Microsoft
is investigating further to uncover variants that the current patch may not block.
Microsoft will communicate additional information about this research as it becomes
available. You can also visit http://www.microsoft.com/security/.
for the latest information and updates, and to register for the Microsoft Security