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How is Windows exploited through message flaws?

How is Windows exploited through message flaws?
Windows can be exploited various ways by malware or a hacker taking advantage of a multitude of vulnerabilities in Outlook and Outlook Express. This is usually carried out in the form of malware or spam attacks that execute malicious code usually by conning the user into opening an attachment.

However, certain attacks can actually be carried out automatically just by simply previewing an e-mail. To protect yourself from attack, make sure you have the latest Windows patches via Windows Update or from as well as the latest Office patches from

This was first published in August 2004

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