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Windows 7: Windows Live Mail and Security


16 Aug 2010   #1

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Windows Live Mail and Security

A few months ago I posted in the Mail forum about a possible security risk. We have a lot of new members, now, and its time to repost.

Windows Live Mail has a built in security flaw, it allows you to view your email, even before it is opened. The top pane shows the regular information, sender, time, etc, but in the bottom pane, the actual email is opened and can be read.

Go to view, and eliminate that bottom pane. We all know that we should not open email that we do not recognize, well that bottom pane opens it for us, allowing all kinds of nasties into our expensive computers.

I think enough said.

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16 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
A few months ago I posted in the Mail forum about a possible security risk. We have a lot of new members, now, and its time to repost.

Windows Live Mail has a built in security flaw, it allows you to view your email, even before it is opened. The top pane shows the regular information, sender, time, etc, but in the bottom pane, the actual email is opened and can be read.

Go to view, and eliminate that bottom pane. We all know that we should not open email that we do not recognize, well that bottom pane opens it for us, allowing all kinds of nasties into our expensive computers.

I think enough said.
I don't get it. Unless I'm wrong, in it's default state, WinMail or Windows Live Mail does not open pictures, files or attachments. It's user initiated
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16 Aug 2010   #3

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The actual email is opened. Does not have to be the attachment that creates the problem.
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16 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Thanks richc46, changed my settings now, why would M$ do this in the first place? Seems a big step back in security, you'd think they'd wanna prevent this sort of malware distribution.
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16 Aug 2010   #5

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Dont know. I learned about this problem with Outlook Express in the year 2000
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16 Aug 2010   #6

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TY for the rep Gilly, but what really makes me happy is that you have taken the warning seriously. It would be a crime if we have all the security software and then just open the door and let these nasties in.
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16 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
TY for the rep Gilly, but what really makes me happy is that you have taken the warning seriously. It would be a crime if we have all the security software and then just open the door and let these nasties in.
rich, do you have any more info/links on this?
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16 Aug 2010   #8

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The only link that I have is in my head. Corrine will come by soon, if I am wrong she is not shy, she will let me know.
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16 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Great Info Rich ! To be honest i never thought about this thanks for posting it here.

- Captain
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16 Aug 2010   #10

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
The only link that I have on it is in my head. Corrine will come by soon, if I am wrong she is not shy, she will let me know.
OK thanks, I'm really interested in this. Is there a post about it on Wilders?
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