MS Word Attack

From Slashdot.org

0xbl00d writes “Eweek.com is reporting a new Microsoft Word zero-day attack underway. Microsoft issued a security advisory to acknowledge the unpatched flaw, which affects 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. Simply opening a word document will launch the exploit. There are no pre-patch workarounds or anti-virus signatures available. Microsoft suggests that users ‘not open or save Word files,’ even from trusted sources.”

Good grief.

Someone tell me again WHY the business world loves Microsoft?

It’s like the old bear/hunter joke: ‘You don’t come here for the hunting, do ya?’

2 thoughts on “MS Word Attack”

  • Am I supposed to download a patch from Redmond?

    How do I know I’m affected?

    Word misbehaves so much it is hard to tell when something is really wrong.

    The problem is that I still deal with lots of MS word docs from other people.

    I guess the failsafe is text in the body of an e-mail.

    In the mean time back it all up in HTML I guess.

    Sigh!

  • macguiguru says:

    I have to say, I don’t know! I’m hoping MS will patch ALL the versions, otherwise I might have to upgrade. Of course, that could be their PLAN!!!

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