On Sun, 2010-07-04 at 23:12 -0400, Paul M Foster wrote:

> On Sun, Jul 04, 2010 at 11:44:29PM +0100, Ashley Sheridan wrote:
> <snip>
> > 
> >    It is nice to be able to format emails nicely, but you have to realise
> >    when to restrain yourself. I've been getting loads of emails from Adobe
> >    lately that haven't been formatted well at all, and appear awfully in my
> >    email client (Evolution, which I consider to be a very good client) until
> >    I download all the images they've used as backgrounds. It's situations
> >    like this that give HTML emails an awful name.
> Isn't this a popular exploit these days? I don't really watch these
> things since I use Linux and view mail as straight text. But isn't there
> some current exploit where images which can be downloaded as part of an
> email actually contain code which can be used to sniff your system or
> somesuch?
> Paul
> -- 
> Paul M. Foster

Probably if you're using Outlook I'd imagine so. I think the primary use
of images in an email is to track who has read it, as you can reference
an image like http://www.somedomain.com/image.php?id=123456 . That's why
I have them turned off by default, and hence why Adobes mails always
look awful.


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