[Esd-l] Mangle of embedded URLs

John D. Hardin jhardin at impsec.org
Fri Jan 7 09:41:05 PST 2005

On Fri, 7 Jan 2005, Smart,Dan wrote:

> Happy New Year John!

> Since we are getting more and more Phishing emails with bogus
> reply URLs, is (would) it be possible to mangle in such a way that
> the URL is shown in Outlook, but cannot be executed?

Hrm. That would mean *removing* the <A> tag, as unrecognized (mangled)
tags are just ignored. 

...try editing a phishing message and changing the <A tag to
something like _A (so that it's no longer a tag) and see if it looks
usable. *that* sort of mangling wouldn't be too hard to do...

Something like "<A" -> "Sanitized clickable link: " would be doable.

What I don't want to do is build a complete HTML parser into the

> Most of these show a "nice name" but the embedded URL doesn't
> point there.


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