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   RE: (waaay off topic) RE: LISTADMIN: No attachments to list mess ages PL

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  • From: Fred McLain <fmclain@cdgpd.com>
  • To: 'Tim McCune' <timm@channelpoint.com>, 'David Megginson' <david@megginson.com>, 'XML Developers' List' <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 10:36:48 -0800


I can understand the desire to point fingers over this.  I'm fairly well
versed in security matters and I don't see why I would have been alerted to
this virus.  The mail I read came from a trusted source - our product
manager, and was from internal e-mail, not the internet.  Under those
circumstances it seemed appropriate for me to open the e-mail attachment.
As I'm sure you are aware, once the macro was running I had no control over
it resending itself to this list.

Personally I feel the fault was with MS Word and MS Outlook.  If these
programs did not allow a macro program over e-mail to control both Outlook
and Word then this could not have happened.  Furthermore the only alert you
get when a potentially dangerous macro is being run by word is the macro
warning message, outlook doesn't even bother to warn about embedded macros
in word documents.  The macro warning message is one I see every time I
create a new document and a great many times when I read one.  If you cry
wolf often enough, you get ignored.


Fred McLain, Senior Technical Advisor
Continental DataGraphics, Bellevue WA

-----Original Message-----
From: Tim McCune [mailto:timm@channelpoint.com]
Sent: Monday, March 29, 1999 8:20 AM
To: 'David Megginson'; 'XML Developers' List'
Subject: OFF: (waaay off topic) RE: LISTADMIN: No attachments to list
mess ages PLEASE

Damned eloquent David.  But I'd put the poster at #1 on that list for being
ignorant enough to open a Word document that was attached to an e-mail
message.  Your comment about technical diversity indicates to me that you've
never been a system administrator. ;)

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