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Microsft word security hole discovered

Late Tuesday Microsoft warned there is a yet-to-be-patched security hole that can be exploited in cyberattacks, which is on multiple versions.

Microsoft security advisory also stated that the attacks are 'limited. Currently the Washington-based software maker is creating a security update the addresses this flaw.

The vulnerability is similar to previous so-called zero-day flaws that have hit Office applications in recent months. An attacker could rig a Word file in such a way that he would gain complete control over a vulnerable PC when the file is opened, Microsoft additionally said in its advisory. A hacker could exploit this flaw by posting a malicious MS Word file on a website.

Security experts have said the limited-scale attacks are actually the most dangerous. Widespread worms, viruses or Trojan horses sent to millions of mailboxes are typically not a grave concern, since they can be blocked. Instead, especially for businesses, targeted Trojan horses have become nightmares, as they can fly under the radar.

The latest Office vulnerability affects Word 2000, Word 2002, Word 2003, Microsoft Word Viewer 2003, Word 2004 for Mac, Word 2004 version X for Mac, as well as Works 2004, 2005 and 2006, Microsoft said. As a way of protection, Microsoft suggests not opening or saving Word files from unknown sources or that arrive unexpectedly.
-s|t strictlytech

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