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Microsoft warns of new Word attacks

Remote code flaw being exploited

Written by Shaun Nichols in San Francisco

vnunet.com, 10 Jul 2008

Microsoft has issued yet another security advisory in the wake of new attacks targeting Word.

The company said that it has received reports of attackers targeting a flaw in the handling of .doc files.

The attacks are not currently believed to be widespread, and the initial exploit attempts have been in specially targeted attacks.

The vulnerability could allow an attacker to use a specially-crafted document to cause a memory overflow error and application crash.

Such an error would then leave the system vulnerable and allow the attacker to remotely execute code.

Microsoft said that the vulnerability appears to exist only in Office Word 2002 Service Pack 3. No other versions of Word or Office appear to be at risk.

More: http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2221200/microsoft-warns-word-attacks

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