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Multiple Organizations Targeted by Zero-Day Exploit

Created: 30 Jan 2007 08:00:00 GMT • Updated: 23 Jan 2014 18:52:59 GMT
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We have received some additional Worddocuments that exploit an unpatched Microsoft Word vulnerability. Thesedocuments are detected as Trojan.Mdropper.X. We believe this is a newvulnerability, making it the fifth currently unpatched Office fileformat vulnerability. While these documents are being used in atargeted attack consistent with previous cases, we have receiveddifferent documents that use this same exploit from multipleorganizations. The documents have been each designed specifically forthe targeted organization in both language and content.

The vulnerability could be a slight variation or may be covered bythe existing CVEs and we are awaiting confirmation from MicrosoftSecurity Response Center. Nevertheless, no patches appear to beavailable, so, as always, be careful opening unsolicited Word documents.

Update - Feb 1st, 2007 11:40 UTC: We have receivedconfirmation from Microsoft that the vulnerability being used in theseattacks is in fact a further variant of the Microsoft Word Unspecified Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2006-6456).Nevertheless, since this is an as-yet unpatched vulnerability, and isbeing actively exploited in the wild, we advise our customers to remainvigilant and be wary of opening unsolicited Word documents.