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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.

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