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this is the latest version of
security update, the "September 2003, Cumulative Patch" update which
resolves all known security vulnerabilities affecting MS Internet
Explorer, MS Outlook and MS Outlook Express as well as three new
vulnerabilities. Install now to maintain the security of your computer
from these vulnerabilities, the most serious of which could allow an
malicious user to run executable on your computer. This update includes
the functionality of all previously released patches.
This update applies to
MS Internet Explorer, version 4.01 and later MS
Outlook, version 8.00 and later MS Outlook Express, version 4.01 and
Customers should install the patch at the earliest
How to install
Run attached file. Choose Yes on displayed dialog
How to use
You don't need to do anything after installing
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Origins: Swen-A is another virus delivery disguised as a Microsft Security update mailing, a mass-mailing worm which uses its own SMTP engine to spread itself by e-mail (and through file-sharing networks) and attempts to kill antivirus and personal firewall programs. (As Microsoft has often warned their customers, they never distribute software directly via e-mail.)
The text of the message is as quoted above. Swen-A generally uses combinations of the adjectives "New(est)," "Current," "Latest," and "Critical" with "Patch," "Pack," "Upgrade" and "Update" (modified by "Internet," "Net(work)," "Microsoft," and "Security") to form subject lines such as the following:
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Current Microsoft Critical Patch
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Current Network Patch
Current Network Critical Upgrade
Current Net Security Pack
New Microsoft Security Pack
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Microsoft Critical Patch
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Newest Net Security Pack
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New Network Upgrade
Last Internet Critical Update
Latest Critical Pack
Latest Critical Upgrade
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Newest Net Update
New Network Update
New Net Critical Update
The attachment filename is usually a combination of "Installer," "upgrade," "update," "pack," or the letter "Q" followed by a string of digits (or letters), to which the extension ".exe" is appended, producing names such as the following:
This virus is similar in function to last year's Gibe worm and exploits a software flaw for which Microsoft provides a genuine patch. Symantec has also made a Swen-Aremoval tool available on its web site.
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