File spoon-archives/foucault.archive/foucault_1998/foucault.9806, message 16

Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998 16:53:00 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: "WIN A HOLIDAY" is a known virus HOAX!

Reg wrote:

> But aren't attachments closed files that would need to be opened in order to
> activate a virus?  Even if you agree to a prompt to save an attached file, it
> seems that file would be inert until one opened it.  If you trash an infected
> file before opening it, it seems you should be safe.

Is the act of opening always so crearly delimited?  I thought that the fancier
mailers would just "decode" the attachment and show it in the form appropriate 
to it.  If not, then I recant.  



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