Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Microsoft: Run Word in 'Safe Mode'
Computers, Internet, Tech
Microsoft has advised users of Word to run the application in Safe Mode in order to protect against "zero-day" attacks. The recommendation comes after the discovery of a serious flaw in the word processor that could result in code execution.
The vulnerability (see link) can be exploited after a user opens a specially crafted Word file with a malformed object pointer. The issue causes memory to corrupt, and opens a hole that allows for code execution. The flaw can also be exploited through e-mail or the Web, however it requires the opening of a malicious file.
Microsoft is currently testing a patch for the flaw.