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Question: Dumaru and Panda.B worms send out fake Microsoft security patches.
Answer:Whenever there's a major virus event affecting Internet users, there are always people who just want to increase the amount chaos. One of the methods has always been to create email worms that send out fake messages pretending to be from Microsoft. Note: Microsoft will never send security patches or updates via email. Any email you might receive that says it's from Microsoft and suggests you open an attached file will always be a fake message.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Microsoft Security Bulletin Unchecked Buffer in Windows Explorer Could Enable System Compromise (329390) Summary Who should read this bulletin: Customers using Microsoft Windows 95,98,2K, ME,XP Impact of vulnerability: Run code of an attacker's choice Maximum Severity Rating: Critical Recommendation: Customers using Microsoft Windows 95,98,2K,ME,XP should apply the patch immediately.
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2003 21:46:46 -0500 (CDT) From: Microsoft