Menu
Another Microsoft bug revealed on huge patch day

Another Microsoft bug revealed on huge patch day

Along with its biggest patch release in five years, Microsoft warned on Tuesday of another potentially dangerous vulnerability in its software.

Along with its biggest patch release in five years, Microsoft warned on Tuesday of another potentially dangerous vulnerability in its software.

The problem lies within the WordPad Text Converter for Word 97 files, Microsoft said in an advisory.

The systems affected include Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, Microsoft said. XP Service Pack 3 and the Vista operating systems are not affected.

The company said it has seen limited, targeted attacks. If exploited, a hacker could gain the same rights on a PC as a local user and could remotely execute code.

Microsoft is investigating the problem. Microsoft typically releases patches on the second Tuesday of the month. If Microsoft sticks to its schedule, the earliest a patch could be released would be Jan. 13. However, Microsoft has deviated from its patching cycle when a vulnerability is considered particularly dangerous.

The vulnerability can't be exploited by simply opening an e-mail, Microsoft said. The victim would have to open an attachment containing a malicious file designed to exploit the problem.

Microsoft said Word 97 documents are opened by default with Office Word if a user has that application installed. Word is not affected by the problem, but attackers could try to rename the malicious file with a Windows Write (.wri) extension, which would be cause WordPad to try to open it. The company advised that ".wri" attachments could be blocked at the network gateway, reducing the risk a user would open a harmful file.

Microsoft released on Tuesday eight patches covering 28 vulnerabilities within applications including Internet Explorer, Sharepoint, Office, Windows Media Player and its Vista OS. Six of those patches were classified as "critical."


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel

Reseller News honoured the leading female front runners of the New Zealand channel at the 2018 Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) in Auckland. The awards honoured standout individuals across seven categories, spanning Entrepreneur; Innovation; Rising Star; Shining Star; Community; Technical and Achievement.

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel
Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Microsoft honoured leading partners across the channel following a year of customer innovation and market growth in New Zealand. The 2018 Microsoft Partner Awards recognised excellence within the context of the end-user, spanning a host of emerging and established providers.

Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners
Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Introducing the Reseller News Innovation Awards, launched to the channel at the 2018 Judges’ Lunch in Auckland. With more than 70 judges now part of the voting panel, the new-look awards will reflect the changing dynamics of the channel, recognising excellence across customer value and innovation - spanning start-ups, partners, distributors and vendors.

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch
Show Comments