Hackers are exploiting a new security hole in Microsoft Word.
Early this week, Microsoft posted a security warning on its website to notify users of a security vulnerability currently affecting Microsoft Word.
The security warning has come in the wake of targeted attacks directed at users of Microsoft Word 2010, but Microsoft has confirmed that the vulnerability affects all supported versions of its Word product.
These attacks allow for remote code execution if a user opens or previews an email containing an affected RTF file while using Microsoft Word as their email viewer. An attack can also occur if the user has Microsoft Word open at the same time as they open an affected RTF file. If this does occur, the hacker could gain the same user rights to that computer as the current user.
Microsoft has suggested that until this vulnerability is fixed, all users who believe they could come into contact with an affected file by opening or previewing emails through Microsoft Word (this can be the default on many new systems when using Outlook) should download Microsoft Fix It 51010.
To download this fix, visit www.microsoft.com and click on ‘Fix this problem’ under the fix it for me area.
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