The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Don't open any MS Word documents from strangers

A security bug in Microsoft Word has been found and is being exploited by Chinese and Taiwanese crackers.

The bug is exploited by simply opening a Word document, and it allows crackers to take over your computer. Even fully-patched Windows systems are vulnerable.

More details at eWeek.com and the Internet Storm Center.

Word documents can probably be opened safely by OpenOffice on Linux or Mac.

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