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    Outlook Format (MSO2K SR1-a)

    Is the Outlook format for email as vbulnerable to virus attacks as HTML?

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    Re: Outlook Format (MSO2K SR1-a)

    Outlook supports three mail formats: plain text, HTML, and Microsoft Rich Text. All three can have evil attachments, but only an HTML message body can host scripts and objects that auto-execute when opened. (And if you keep Outlook in the Restricted Zone, and IE patched up to date, they shouldn't auto-execute.) I'm a big believer in plain text.

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    Re: Outlook Format (MSO2K SR1-a)

    Jefferson:

    Is Outlook('s) format redable by "anyone's" email prog? The thing I'm trying to resolve is the inability to send links in text format -- you can as attachments, but then we're back to that side of the problem again....

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    Re: Outlook Format (MSO2K SR1-a)

    First, as I said, Outlook has three formats. Plain text has the highest degree of compatibility (nearly universal), followed by HTML (widely supported by mail programs released within the past 4-5 years), with RTF the worst (proprietary to Microsoft).

    As for links, links you type or paste into a plain text message will be displayed as hyperlinks (and be clickable) in Outlook and I believe Outlook Express. I really don't know about other programs. In HTML you can embed links, which allows you to use text for the link that is different than the link's address. In some cases, this is simply to create a more attractive link (as in "today's New York Times" or "click here"), but it also can be used to disguise the destination (for example, the link that says http://www.yourback.com/ could go to http://yourbank.identitytheftinternational.ru/). I don't think RTF uses the same technology as HTML, so I have no idea how its links work (perhaps like Word's HYPERLINK fields?).

    Finally, as you know, many mail programs and policy-based scanners strip or disable access to .url attachments. So yes, it's best to avoid sending links as .url attachments.

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    Re: Outlook Format (MSO2K SR1-a)

    Jefferson:

    I just tried a link in plain text... and it worked...

    I dunno why the last time I tried it it wasn't (apparently) clickable...

    Oh well, that certainly makes the process easier... and as you stated, safer.

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