Excel under zero-day attack, Microsoft warns

Don't forget to patch Office apps, too.
Excel under zero-day attack, Microsoft warns
By Dawn Kawamoto, CNET News.com Published on ZDNet News:
February 5, 2007, 7:20 AM PT

Microsoft is warning of an Excel-focused zero-day attack that affects several versions of its Office software, including one for Macs.

In its security advisory issued Friday, Microsoft warns people of a "very limited" zero-day attack that takes advantage of vulnerabilities in the Excel spreadsheet program.

The "extremely critical" Excel vulnerabilities are found in Microsoft Office 2000, Office 2003 and Office XP, as well as in Office 2004 for computers running Apple's Mac OS, according to a separate advisory from security company Secunia.

Attackers are sending e-mails with malicious Excel attachments and are hosting Web sites that house Office files that attempt to take advantage of the security flaws, according to Microsoft. Once an attacker exploits the vulnerabilities, they can gain control of a person's system remotely.

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