01/19/2006: Do you use Microsoft
LookOut! Outlook for email?
If so, there's a patch that's just been released by Microsoft to patch a critical flaw. You can download it at Microsoft's TechNet website (or if you find TechNet a bit intimidating, you can get the updates by visiting the Microsoft Update or Office Update websites as well).
Credit to David Sheets of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for pointing me to this. As for seriousness of the flaw, Sheets notes:
No widespread attacks against the weakness have been detected, but some analysts say this problem has more potential for harm than the Windows Metafile (WMF) flaws discovered earlier this month. Those flaws affected how Windows handles certain kinds of image files.If you're a seasoned Microsoft watcher, you're already aware of how critical this one is, since Microsoft didn't wait to release it on their regular "Patch Tuesday" schedule.
“With WMF, a corporation could block access to problem (Web) sites,” British security consultant John Heasman told SearchWin2000.com. “But, wheras all companies rely on e-mail, this has the potential to be much worse.”
Microsoft rates the security weakness as “critical,” meaning the fix should be downloaded and installed right away.
Len on 01.19.06 @ 11:21 AM CST