3rd Word Exploit Released

Hackers have released attack code that exploits a critical vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.’s Word software — the third such bug to be disclosed in the past week.

The proof of concept code was posted Tuesday on the Milw0rm.com Web site, making it widely available to the hacking community. It exploits a previously unreported bug in Word.

Like the other recent Word bugs disclosed this past week, it could be used by attackers to run unauthorized software on a victim’s computer, said David Marcus, security research and communications manager with McAfee Inc.’s Avert Labs.

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