Joerg Habermeier - stock.adobe.c

MS relents with Outlook security patch

Microsoft announces a security patch for its e-mail product Outlook

Microsoft has announced a security patch for its email product Outlook, bowing to pressure to change the relative ease with which viruses spread in its software.

The patch prevents users from running any program or script sent in an e-mail message and warns users when software attempts to access the Outlook address book. The patch will also tighten default security, making it impossible for users to run ActiveX controls and scripts, closing a potentially serious hole in email security.

Simon Moores, chairman of the Windows Forums user association, said: “This is a good interim step but nothing can be truly effective.”

But Philip Ryan, head of infosecurity at security firm PeaPod, warned that even the current measures implemented by Microsoft may not be absolutely failsafe.

Read more on Operating systems software

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchCIO

SearchSecurity

SearchNetworking

SearchDataCenter

  • How do I size a UPS unit?

    Your data center UPS sizing needs are dependent on a variety of factors. Develop configurations and determine the estimated UPS ...

  • How to enhance FTP server security

    If you still use FTP servers in your organization, use IP address whitelists, login restrictions and data encryption -- and just ...

  • 3 ways to approach cloud bursting

    With different cloud bursting techniques and tools from Amazon, Zerto, VMware and Oracle, admins can bolster cloud connections ...

SearchDataManagement

Close