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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Microsoft Issues Word Zero-Day Attack Alert

It just came to my attention that Microsoft has released a new zero-day vulnerability alert that targets most versions of Microsoft Word. The unpatched flaw can be exploited when a user simply opens a maliciously rigged Word document, and apparently, there are no pre-patch solutions available yet to counteract this problem.

Affected software versions include Microsoft Word 2000, Microsoft Word 2002, Microsoft Office Word 2003, Microsoft Word Viewer 2003, Microsoft Word 2004 for Mac and Microsoft Word 2004 v. X for Mac. The Microsoft Works 2004, 2005 and 2006 suites are also affected because they include Microsoft Word.

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  • OpenOffice.org the exploit's not in that, and it makes smaller files than .doc and the file format is the ISO standard. Add that you don't pay $400 for it (it's free), and you're all set. Besides, if you're emailing attachments of text, all you need is a .txt file from Notepad. If you really need the formatting, do they really need to be able to edit it? If it doesn't need to be editted, PDF (and OpenOffice will export those too).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:49 PM  

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