December 17, 2015

How your PC can be infected with just one email you didn’t actually read

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We’ve told you this time and time again: never click suspicious links, never open files received from unknown sources, always delete mail from untrusted senders. While all of these pieces of advices are good, they can’t help you if you’re using Outlook as those precautions won’t protect you from the BadWinmail vulnerability. You don’t need to click or open anything to become infected. You just receive one email – and that’s it. In fact, you don’t even need to open this email.

How your PC can be infected with just one email you didn't actually read

How’s that possible?

If you’re familiar with Microsoft Office, you probably know that objects can be embedded in MS Office files. Not any objects, but the list is quite long. This is called OLE technology, or Object Linking and Embedding.