Saturday, January 19th 2008

New Vulnerability Hits Excel

A new flaw has opened up in Microsoft Excel, which could allow an attacker to compromise a remote user's computer. Microsoft warned this week that an attacker could use the vulnerability to create a malicious Excel file. Users who open an infected file would be subject to having their computer compromised. Users would need to download and open a malicious file for it to have any effect. Once opened, though, the attacker has the ability to remotely access the victim's PC, exposing personal data and other documents. This makes it a serious problem especially for businesses. The vulnerability affects the following versions of Excel: 2000, 2002, Viewer 2003, 2003 Service Pack 2, and Mac Excel 2004. So far Microsoft has not announced when it will be releasing a patch to fix the problem, but it has encouraged users who think they may have been attacked to contact its support line.Source: TG Daily
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3 Comments on New Vulnerability Hits Excel

#1
FatForester
This is a vulnerability, but it's one that involves a stupid user... which is how the vast majority of malicious software works.
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Triprift
exactly as long as your vigalent and have half a brain you shoudnt have any problems.
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thoughtdisorder
One would think if you have, say, Norton Antivirus Corp edition always scanning one should be ok, right? I work from home alot and get lots of excel files along with others on my lappy.
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