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Word vulnerable

by Nikola Strahija on October 18th, 2004 Microsoft Word 2000 and Microsoft Word 2002 can be used by a malicious attacker to crash systems or execute arbitrary code.

This flaw origins from an input validation error that creates a mechanism for creating malicious files capable of crashing Windows if the user is tricked into opening dodgy documents.

The bug might also (at least potentially) be used to inject malicious code into vulnerable systems. A buffer overflow vulnerability, the most common class of security vulnerability, is to blame.

This flaw was discovered by hacker HexView, who posted information about it on a full disclosure mailing list - without notifying Microsoft first.

Microsoft is yet to investigate the bug, much less develop a fix. In
the meantime, Word users are advised to open only trusted documents.

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