Worm Either Way (was Despair & Utopia)

Charles Brown CharlesB at CNCL.ci.detroit.mi.us
Thu Nov 11 10:30:56 PST 1999

For detailed information on Bubbleboy, go to the following web site. http://www.Europe.Datafellows.com/v-descs/bubb-boy.htm

Be advised that this worm has not been released into the wild yet, as far as we know. The following message from computer support at the University of Minnesota at Morris describes the expected scope. I believe it does not affect Windows NT and it does not affect Macintosh, as it doesn't use ActiveX. Windows 98 and 2000 use ActiveX.

***copied text****** "We have often reassured you that computer viruses cannot be transmitted as email messages -- only as email attachments. Unfortunately, as mail software for PCs has become more sophisticated, new security holes have been opened up. Now an email virus has been reported that has the capability to infect a computer, even if the attachment is not opened.

This virus (the first version of it is called Bubbleboy) only affects mail software that makes use of Windows ActiveX controls. This includes Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Exchange, and Lotus Notes. It does NOT include Eudora, Netscape, POPMail, Pine, Vax Mail, or any Macintosh software. Internet Explorer 5.0 must also be installed on your computer for this virus to be activated." ***end copied text**** Michael H. Belzer, Ph.D. Moderator, Industrial Relations Research Association Discussion list http://www.irra.uiuc.edu

University of Michigan Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations 1111 E. Catherine Street Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2054

voice: (734) 647-9474 fax: (734) 763-0913 E-mail: Belzer at umich.edu

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