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Microsoft patches 12 Office flaws with critical updates

added by Michael on 11 Mar 2008

From SearchSecurity.Com:

Microsoft released four critical security updates Tuesday to fix 12 vulnerabilities in various components of its widely used Office program, including Excel and Outlook.

Tim Rains, communications chief for Microsoft Security Response, said all of this month's bulletins are for critical vulnerabilities attackers could exploit to take complete control of targeted machines. A successful attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

Cupertino, Calif.-based security vendor Symantec deemed the patch release serious enough to raise its ThreatCon from Level 1 to 2, indicating an increased risk of attack for Office users. "We urge customers to apply the available patches immediately," Symantec said in an email to customers of its DeepSight threat management service.