posted on Jul, 23 2006 @ 04:08 PM
Okay. Yes, if you click on a link to a .ppt file listed on a website you Are prompted to "Open" or "Save". However, if you choose "Open" and
PowerPoint is installed it will open directly within the browser window, that is if you are using Internet Explorer. I'm not sure as to how Firefox
or others handle the various Office products.
I do understand, and agree, that ultimate responsibility falls on the user. Unfortunately, and despite various efforts to educate and inform regarding
unknown attachments or files, there will always be those who fail to use good judgement and end up falling prey to such.
As for being ATSNN worthy, I can only offer that the initial story I saw regarding this was on the main Google News page. To further reinforce said
worthiness there are/were 32 additional News-related site carrying the story.
My biggest concern and main reason for submission is the seemingly typical response from Microsoft with regards to supporting their products and
software, especially when it concerns security issues.
This particular "virus" started circulating the Internet on the day following Microsoft's announcement of the vulnerability, yet they will "wait"
until the next security update to to release a patch. Meanwhile untold numbers of PCs remain vulnerable and it would seem only reasonable to expect
additional variants in the days ahead.