“Zero Day” Attack Using Microsoft Word

A “zero day” attack has been reported on a method that allows a fully patched Windows XP system running Microsoft Word to be compromised. The trojan was apparently written by sophisticated hackers in China and Taiwan.

MS-Word Attack

“The exploit arrives as an ordinary Microsoft Word document attachment to an e-mail. However, when the document is launched by the user the vulnerability is triggered to drop a backdoor with rootkit features to mask itself from anti-virus scanners.”

Bottom line: Do not open e-mail attachments!

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