Concerned at the vulnerability to virus attack of its Outlook e-mail program, Microsoft Corporation is to introduce a new patch that blocks Outlook-users from opening the type of attached file that carried the recent disastrous ‘love bug’ virus. The patch should be available early next week at no cost via Microsoft's Web site.

According to Microsoft product manager Tom Bailey, the forthcoming fix will be more restrictive than last year’s attachment-related security update. “The ‘love bug’ virus was a global economic event - it was huge," said Bailey.

Though the security change will be included in future upgrades of Outlook, users who want the added security immediately can next week download the latest patch from

News source: Wall Street Journal