[Dshield] Sans NewBites

Matthew Harrell mhar at plex.com
Wed Nov 19 16:18:35 GMT 2003

I also was amused by this MIT news.  I've been stripping all .exe
attachments from e-mails for about 3 years (ever since I took on the role
of security chief where I work).

Matt Harrell
Plexus Systems
mhar at plex.com 

----- On 11/19/2003 11:13 AM, Graham Dodd <g.dodd at falk-ross.de> wrote: 
>To all DShielders,
> I am copying this from the latest SANS Newsbites for your comments /
> amusement
> It's nice to know that MIT is leading the way in "security innovations"
> Graham
>  --MIT e-Mail Systems Reject Messages with Executable Attachments
> (13 November 2003)
> Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) e-mail administrators have
> reconfigured their systems to reject any e-mail messages that have
> executable attachments.  Senders will receive error messages detailing
> why their message was rejected.
> http://mit.edu/services/mail/attachments.html
> [Editor's Note (Pescatore): This is an increasingly common strategy, as
> enterprises who analyze their incoming email realize that 99.9% of the
> executable attachments have zero business value.  It makes sense to do
> it at home, as well.
> (Paller) This is one more in a long line of security innovations
> pioneered by MIT.  MIT offers a remarkable example of how well a large
> research university can police its systems, protect its faculty, staff,
> and students, and be a good citizen on the Internet.  Kudos to Bob
> Mahoney and the whole MIT security team.]
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