MS Word – Get A Patch Or Get A virus

Vulnerability in Microsoft Word

Vulnerability in Microsoft Word 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010 editions could allow remote code execution if a user opens or previews a specially crafted e-mail message in RTF format. An attacker who successfully exploited any of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the local user. To trigger a vulnerability you need to view malicious email messages in MS Outlook.

This bug in Microsoft Word 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2010 was patched Nov 9 2011 as part of Microsoft’s monthly security update.

There are over 200 critical vulnerabilities discovered and patched in all Word versions since 1999 including latest Word 365 apps. The latest one is March 8, 2022 KB5002139. Methods to fix - Windows update should work automatically or download patches manually from Microsoft.

2011 – 2022  Tags: security,  Windows,  Computers