[R] virus

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Wed Jan 10 18:16:57 CET 2001

>>>>> "Osman" == U-E59264-Osman F Buyukisik <absd00t at c1186.ae.ge.com> writes:

    Osman> To win*/NT users: I just recieved a mail from r-help with a
    Osman> virus attachment. I am on an unix system but our mail server
    Osman> deleted the message anyways. here it is:


    Osman> ------------------ Virus Warning Message (on mailrelay03-geids)

    Osman> Found virus TROJ_MTX.A in file METALLICA_SONG.MP3.pif The file
    Osman> is deleted.

    Osman> ---------------------------------------------------------


    Osman> ------------------ Virus Warning Message (on mailrelay03-geids)

    Osman> METALLICA_SONG.MP3.pif is removed from here because it contains
    Osman> a virus.

Thanks a lot Osman!

The bad thing is that it was sent misusing a regular R-help user's E-mail,
	"Jose Ramon G. Albert" <toots at info.com.ph>

[[ Jose,  your computer is probably infected !!! ]]

So, even if R-help would only accept E-mail from regular subscribers,
this would still have gone through...

A very drastic measure would be to  forbid attachments completely....
Any other ideas?

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