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PowerPoint vulnerability spreading

by Ivana Strahija on July 21st, 2006 The PowerPoint flaw we already wrote about is gaining momentum, with infected PP presentations being distributed by e-mails. Microsoft warns users to be careful.

-If you get an e-mail saying there are funny PowerPoint slides attached, don't run them!- says Microsoft to its users. And although this flaw is out there, threatening users all around the world, the Redmond crew is going to wait the next scheduled patch day, sometime next month, to fix it. Take your time boys and girls!

Power Point 200, 2002 and 2003 are all vulnerable to the exploit. The e-mail spreading the malware appears to be coming from a Gmail account. Once the attachment is clicked on, a nasty keylogger is installed to a users computer, which than records all keystrokes made and opens the back door entrance for hackers to collect the results.

Security experts think that the virus is oriented at Asian computer users, since the language used is Chinese. Also, the hackers seem to have chosen the date of the release very thoughtfully – a day after the last Microsoft patch bundle was released, to maximize the effect.

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