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  • Interesting, so that'll be why I receieved this message this morning from a client:
    Please note that due to action taken by our IT colleagues, we will be unable to receive .zip attachements today (26/06/03). I apologise for any inconvenience.

    What kind of crappy software doesn't look inside container files for viruses. Even the abominable mailsweeper, which I thoroughly despise , handles this.


    • One of my clients is a big company. They have a even crappier mailscanner which silently deletes attachments it doesn't like. On the other hand it's perfectly fine with exe files inside zip files though, or exe files renamed to zip files!

      Somebody needs to invent some way of sending files too people without having to resort to email. It is way to low tech and inneficient.
      • I kind of know why they might wish to do this actually. There was a zip file floating around somewhere which expanded vastly in size, and contained more copies of itself. It was only about a hundred Kb. :-)


      • ...perhaps the web?

        You are what you think.
        • I couldn't either, but I could find it on my harddisk, so I put it here []. Beware - it expands to 5 levels of zip files, ultimately containing 1048576 copies of a 4294967295 byte file named 0.dll. Don't try downloading it if you think you may be behind a web proxy that attempts to scan passing traffic.