Microsoft to delay security patch
- By IDG News Service, Martyn Williams
- May 26, 2000
Microsoft Corp. said it will delay until next week the release of a major
security update to its Outlook 98 and 2000 e-mail software.
Microsoft originally planned to release the update this week, but the company
is delaying the release in order to modify the software in response to feedback
New to the update will be a set of tools that will give administrators more
say in what e-mail attachments are allowed through to the user desktop,
The beta version of the software, which was released last week, included
a set of predefined file types — the ones most likely to contain a virus — to be automatically removed when received. Users could add file types
but not remove any from the master list.
Based on customer feedback, the update will allow administrators of systems
where files are scanned at network level to modify the master list and decide
which files users can see. Microsoft said the change does not weaken the
security of the systems because additional scanning at network level is
also taking place.