March 17, 2003

no, really?!

It's nice to know (please note sarcasm here) that microsoft is e-mailing everyone security patches these days. I got this in my e-mail today, from Microsoft Internet Security Division [] - yes, that looks like a e-mail address to me (again, note sarcasm).

Microsoft Customer

this is the latest version of security update, the
"March 2003, Cumulative Patch" update which eliminates
all known security vulnerabilities affecting Internet Explorer,
Outlook and Outlook Express as well as five newly
discovered vulnerabilities. Install now to protect your computer
from these vulnerabilities, the most serious of which could allow
an attacker to run executable on your system. This update includes
the functionality of all previously released patches.

System requirementsWin 9x/Me/2000/NT/XP
This update applies to Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 4.01 and later Microsoft Outlook, version 8.00 and later Microsoft Outlook Express, version 4.01 and later
Recommendation Customers should install the patch at the earliest opportunity.
How to installRun attached file. Click Yes on displayed dialog box.
How to useYou don't need to do anything after installing this item.

Microsoft Product Support Services and Knowledge Base articles
can be found on the Microsoft Technical Support web site.
For security-related information about Microsoft products, please
visit the
Microsoft Security Advisor
web site, or Contact us.

Please do not reply to this message. It was sent from an unmonitored
e-mail address and we are unable to respond to any replies.

Thank you for using Microsoft products.

With friendly greetings,
Microsoft Internet Security Division

©2003 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. The names of the actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free.
Checked by McAfee anti-virus system (
Release Date: 25.2.2003


You have to love them for the cute little fake virus free notice at the bottom of the e-mail - pure genius. People who send this stuff should be hung drawn and quartered.

Posted by Simon at March 17, 2003 06:33 PM