Microsoft warns browser users about 'worm' virus

Monday, 4 August 2003, 12:20 AM EST

Microsoft is warning its customers about a computer worm that exploits a flaw in its Internet Explorer browser.

A security bulletin on the company's Web site says Microsoft started investigating a "mass mailer worm," dubbed W32/Mimail@MM, late Friday morning.

The worm spreads through e-mail if recipients open an attached zip file used to condense information so it can move faster over the Internet then open an HTML file inside the zip file, the bulletin said.

The worm exploits a vulnerability the company addressed in a security bulletin issued April 23, the bulletin said.

On Saturday, Microsoft spokesman Sean Sundwall downplayed the worm's potential to cause major security problems.

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