February 13, 2007
Microsoft Word is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability. An attacker could exploit this issue by enticing a victim to open a malicious Word file. If the vulnerability is successfully exploited, this could result in the execution of arbitrary code in the context of the currently logged-in user.
- Microsoft Office 2003 SP1
- Microsoft Office 2003 SP2
- Microsoft Office X for Mac
- Microsoft Office XP
- Microsoft Office XP SP1
- Microsoft Office XP SP2
- Microsoft Office XP SP3
- Microsoft Word 2002
- Microsoft Word 2002 SP1
- Microsoft Word 2002 SP2
- Microsoft Word 2002 SP3
- Microsoft Word 2003
- Microsoft Word 2004 for Mac
- Microsoft Word X for Mac
- Microsoft Works Suite 2004
- Microsoft Works Suite 2005
- Microsoft Works Suite 2006
Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity.
Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for signs of suspicious or anomalous activity. This may help detect malicious actions that an attacker may take after successfully exploiting vulnerabilities in applications. Review all applicable logs regularly.
Do not accept or execute files from untrusted or unknown sources.
Users should never accept files from untrusted or unknown sources, because they may be malicious in nature. Avoid opening email attachments from unknown or questionable sources.
Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.
Users should avoid websites of questionable integrity. Never follow links supplied by unknown or untrusted sources.
Microsoft has released a security bulletin to address this issue in supported versions of the affected application.
USAA is credited with the discovery of this vulnerability.
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