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highjacked e-mail attachment

Posted on 2004-10-06
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I not sure that "Security" is the correct topic... but it seamed the best choice... so ...

Quick History:
we working with MS Word 2003 we have created a large document (20 pages or so ) that include photos/graphics. Some of the images will allow me to edit them... other however say that they are linked and cannot be edited.

What we did:
We sent the document using the : file, Send to, mail recipient: in word to an e-mail address...

What the problem was:
when the receiver of the e-mail opened the e-mail  all of the "linked" images were replaced by a  porn video! ... Ahhhhhg
the file names (as should be from word) are in a numbered sequence i.e. file001.jpg, file002.jpg...  but the Jpg extension now reads mvz

We repeated this error when we sent the same file to a computer inside our office.

after a lot of digging around we discovered that the video files were being linked to a porn website http://www.####.########.com /filename.wmz

we have done a in-depth search on both the computer that sent the e-mail and the server that the file was stored and can not find any references to the video file or the website on or in any of the files on theses computers.

We sent the document using the : file, Send to, mail recipient(as Attachment) : in word to an e-mail address, with no problem.

this is the only file so far that has had this problem ...

the question is  .....
has anybody herd of email attachments being hijacked.
do i have an issue that is going to sneak up again when we least expect it?
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by:dev8
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Hello,

Have you ran a spyware program against the machine that sent the email?
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I would suspect the new JPEG processing vulnerability, patches already available from Microsoft:

http://www.microsoft.com/security/bulletins/200409_jpeg.mspx

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The GDI+ security update for September 2004 addresses newly discovered issues in JPEG processing technology. This issue affects software that supports this image format, including some versions of Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft developer tools. If you have any of the listed software installed on your computer, you should install the related update.

Depending on the software you are using, you may need to install multiple updates from multiple locations.
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Good luck!

Zee
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by:Asta Cu
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Bad news; this is a very serious issue, thanks for posting the link here, Zee.

I guess, due to all these new vulnerabilities, I'd go with using PDF formats instead for future reference; since you can imbed photos, text, hyperlinks and so on and add security as well, something about those options here:
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/adobepdf.html
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sgfx,

Being a recently discovered exploit, please do keep us updated on your troubleshooting.

This will also be a learning experience for us!

Thank you!

Zee
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by:sgfx
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Thanks ZEE ..
i am checking all my computers now... afterwards i will try to recreate the problem buy sending the same e-mail the same way [to myself this time :)  ] and see if this fixes the issue.
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I agree.  ":0) Asta
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