New ‘highly critical’ Office flaw embarrasses Microsoft

“A day after monthly patch day, Microsoft has confirmed it is investigating an unpatched security hole in Office that could allow system access. The vulnerability has been labelled ‘highly critical’ by security firm Secunia. It exists in Microsoft’s Jet Database Engine, and can be exploited to execute arbitrary code by tricking users into opening a specially designed ‘.mdb’ file in Microsoft Access, according to Secunia. Exploit code for the vulnerability has already been posted to a public mailing list, the security company has warned,” Scarlet Pruitt writes for IDG News Service. “Microsoft criticised disclosure of the vulnerability, saying that the commonly accepted practice is to report a threat to the vendor first so a patch can be developed if necessary before the exploit code gets distributed.”

Full article and linkto the advisory here.

MacDailyNews Take: Another day, another exploit in Windowsland. Some thing never change.

We used the word “embarrasses” from the original article’s headline because it made us laugh; having tried to use their software, we seriously doubt Microsoft ever had any capacity for embarrassment.

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24 Comments

  1. Yeh-heh-heh-heh-hesssssss.

    Could someone tell me . . . is Ballmer himself actually writing the code with his own sweaty hands nowadays? This is embarrassing for Microsoft, and as a result . . .

    I poop on them . . .

    yet again.

  2. “. . . only one, today!

    Give it another week.”

    Another week?? I’m giving it six more hours. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”tongue laugh” style=”border:0;” />

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