Microsoft E-mail Legit ?????

Discussion in 'Security Software' started by Mike Brewer, Aug 15, 2003.

  1. Mike Brewer

    Mike Brewer Guest

    Is this legit???
    I recieved the following e-mail supposedly from
    Microsoft. It just seems weird. I didn't open any thing
    in it, just cut and pasted. Thought I would throw it out
    there. Let me know.


    http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=221450. This site will be
    updated as more information regarding the W32.blaster worm
    becomes available.

    Our goal is to provide you with the information and tools
    you need to help run your company safely and reliably.
    When we become aware of these types of vulnerabilities, it
    is our goal to share protection and remediation
    information with you as quickly as is possible. In order
    to help protect your computing environment from security
    vulnerabilities, we encourage you to use the Windows
    Update service by going to http://go.microsoft.com/?
    linkid=221451 and also subscribe to Microsoft's security
    notification service at http://go.microsoft.com/?
    linkid=221452. By using these two services you will
    automatically receive information on the latest software
    updates and the latest security notifications, thereby
    improving the likelihood that your computing environment
    will be safe from the worms and viruses that occur.

    Thank you,

    Microsoft Corporation
    For information about Microsoft's privacy policies,
    please go to http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=221448
     
    Mike Brewer, Aug 15, 2003
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  2. Mike Brewer

    Pavan \(MS\) Guest

    Mike,
    a.. Will Microsoft ever send me software in e-mail?

    No. From time to time malicious individuals circulate e-mails that purport
    to be a Microsoft Security Bulletin or patch. Some of the e-mails direct the
    reader to download an executable file from a Web site, while others include
    an executable file which contains a virus. Customers who receive such an
    e-mail should delete it, and under no circumstances should they download or
    run the executable.

    For more information visit
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/incident/blast_faq.asp



    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
    rights

    Please note I cannot respond to e-mailed questions.
    Please use these newsgroups to let me know if the suggestions resolved the
    issue.
     
    Pavan \(MS\), Aug 15, 2003
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  3. Yes, I believe this is legit - the fake ones are the ones with attachments
    (executables) masquerading as patches - they're viruses.

    You can go to Windows Update - http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com to get
    patches.
     
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Aug 15, 2003
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  4. Mike Brewer

    Richard Guest

    I also received this message and just posted it on this
    discussion group because it is impossible to just send an
    e-mail to microsoft.
    If you find out for sure please e-mail and let me know
     
    Richard, Aug 16, 2003
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  5. (Pssst! - this is the legit Microsoft email. Check the headers. Note no
    attachments. Note all links point to actual Microsoft web pages. They're
    doing it correctly now. Spread the word.)
     
    Kent W. England [MVP], Aug 16, 2003
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  6. Mike Brewer

    Chas Guest

    Yes, this is an official Microsoft email. If you click on
    the first GO link it will take you to
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/incident/blast.asp
    which explains how to eraticate the blaster virus.

    Good luck,
    Chas
     
    Chas, Aug 16, 2003
    #6
  7. Mike Brewer

    BitsNotBytes Guest

    Look at the routing information in the Received lines up in the
    headers. It will say something *.microsoft.com and nothing else. I
    subscribe to their newsletter but I always check the headers for any
    trojan routing. Other than their newsletter I don't know why anyone
    would be on a mailing list. What I got is what you got. At best you
    will get links and absolutely no attachments.

    BitsNotBytes
     
    BitsNotBytes, Aug 16, 2003
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