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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Microsoft warned on Monday of a remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2014-1761) in Microsoft Word that is being actively exploited in targeted attacks directed at Microsoft Word 2010.

If successfully exploited, an attacker could gain the same user rights as the current user, Microsoft said, noting that users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than accounts with administrative privileges.

“The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted RTF file using an affected version of Microsoft Word, or previews or opens a specially crafted RTF email message in Microsoft Outlook while using Microsoft Word as the email viewer,” Microsoft explained in the advisory.

Microsoft did not share any details on the attacks that leveraged the vulnerability, but did credit Drew Hintz, Shane Huntley, and Matty Pellegrino of the Google Security Team for reporting it to Microsoft."

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Microsoft Word Zero-Day Used in Targeted Attacks

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  • One important piece not included in my original post, is that while the reported attacks are targeting Microsoft Word 2010, other software products affected by the vulnerability include: Microsoft Word 2003, Microsoft Word 2007, Microsoft Word 2013, Microsoft Word Viewer Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. [securityweek.com] Fortunately for Windows systems, according to the Microsoft engineers, tests showed that EMET default configuration can block the exploits seen in the wild.

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