An attacker who successfully exploits the recently found Office vulnerability could obtain information to compromise a user’s system even further or read confidential or private information stored in the internal memory of the affected device. Microsoft has revealed and, reportedly, solved a vulnerability in its Office suite, which could have exposed the content of PCs’ hard drives to cyber attackers.
Security flaws are common bugs in dozens of software pieces, even in those of high-end companies such as Microsoft. According to recent reports, an Office vulnerability has been spotted and quickly solved by Microsoft to eliminate any potential risks.
Office Vulnerability, Solved Out By Microsoft
The exploitation of this bug, discovered by Mimecast Research Labs, could have compromised the confidentiality, integrity or availability of user data or even processing resources. The security firm was able to see the gap when using ActiveX control objects.
“A cyber attacker who successfully exploits this Office vulnerability could obtain information to compromise a user’s system further or read confidential or private information stored in memory, such as passwords, certificates, ‘HTTP’ requests and domain data,” explained Mimecast.
The Recently Found Office Vulnerability Has Not Affected Any Users
The Redmond-based tech giant has pointed out that, to exploit the vulnerability, a cyber attacker could have created a particular document file and then convince the user to open it. “A cybercriminal would have to know the location of the memory addresses where the object was created.”
The tech giant Microsoft has also published an update to correct this Office vulnerability, while Mimecast, the IT security company which spotted the bug, has stated that it has no record of any real exploitation of this particular vulnerability, so no users have been affected by it, reportedly.
It is not uncommon for elite companies like Microsoft to release faulty software with security flaws or vulnerabilities. Luckily, when such a bug is reported, companies such as Microsoft are quick in releasing patches to eliminate the risks.
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