ms .lnk attachments

Russell Fulton r.fulton at
Thu Jan 9 20:25:44 GMT 2003

Hi All, 
we have a filter in place that quarantines all mail messages with
attachments that have double extensions where the second one is
executable.  This works quite well but we get a few false +ves almost
all of which are people sending shortcuts (.lnk) to other files. 

My question is how dangerous are .lnk attachments?  Will oulook
automatically download and run a ...exe.lnk for example?

Is it worth filtering them at all? 

Russell Fulton, Computer and Network Security Officer
The University of Auckland,  New Zealand

"It aint necessarily so"  - Gershwin

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