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Yahoo Mail Worm Harvesting Addresses

The "Yamanner" worm exploits a JavaScript vulnerability in Yahoo's Web mail client. Users should watch out for messages with a "From" address of [email protected] and the subject line, "New Graphic Site."

A new worm targeting Yahoo's Web-based e-mail service bent on collecting addresses for a spam database has been spotted in the wild, a security company warned Monday.

The "Yamanner" worm exploits a JavaScript vulnerability in Yahoo's Web mail, Cupertino, Calif. security specialist Symantec said in a Monday morning warning to customers of its DeepSight Threat Management System. Yamanner is spreading, added Symantec, which has assigned the threat a "2" in its 1 through 5 rating system.

The worm targets addresses with the "yahoo.com" and "yahoogroups.com" domains, and arrives as an HTML message containing JavaScript. As soon as the recipient views the message, the script automatically runs to spread the worm to other users in the Yahoo address book. The message will have a From" address of [email protected] and a Subject: of "New Graphic Site."

"Harvested addresses from the address book are then submitted to a remote URL, which is likely to be used for a spam database," noted Symantec in its alert.

Yamanner won't execute on the newest Yahoo Mail Beta.

Until Yahoo patches the flaw, Symantec recommended users steer clear of the service or disable the browser's JavaScript capabilities before reading any Web mail.

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