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HTTP MS Word SmartTag Remote Code Exec

Severity: High

This attack could pose a serious security threat. You should take immediate action to stop any damage or prevent further damage from happening.


This signature detects a remote code-execution vulnerability in the Microsoft Word.

Additional Information

Microsoft Word is prone to an unspecified remote code-execution vulnerability. This issue is caused by Word files containing a malformed object pointer that may result in memory corruption.

Reports indicate that this issue can allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable computer by supplying a malicious Word document to a user. If the user opens the attacker-supplied document, the attacker may subsequently gain unauthorized access to the computer in the context of the user.

This issue is being actively exploited in the wild to place a backdoor named Backdoor.Ginwui on targeted computers through a trojan named Trojan.Mdropper.H.


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