> How can one realistically protect against this one . . .
> Joe Badguy sends an email to a Marketing Rep who passes out his business
> cards at all 47 conventions he displays at per month. Subject: Golf
> Tournament this Weekend.
> Marketing Rep, eager to go golfing, clicks on the email in Exchange,
> which finds the message contains a Word document, which calls Word,
> which finds the Word document contains an auto-execute script written in
> VBScript, which calls VBScript library, which finds the VBScript
> contains a BIOS call, which it efficiently calls, which runs a low-level
> format on the first IDE fixed disk.
Upgrade to the latest version of Word that warns you BEFORE running
an autoexecute script.
> Quick and efficient. No virus, no prompting, a very quiet
Latest version will prompt. Won't help if said individual is dumb
enough to say "sure go ahead and execute that macro I've never seen", but
at least it will ask.
> How could you have stopped it without disallowing either Word or
> Exchange, or both ?
Upgrade. This was addressed in Word 7.0a.
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