Microsoft’s Malware Protection Center issued a warning this week that it has spotted malicious code on the Internet that can take advantage of a flaw in Word and infect computers after a user does nothing more than read an e-mail.
The flaw was addressed in November in a fix issued on Patch Tuesday, but with malicious code now spotted in the wild, the protection center apparently wants to be sure the update wasn’t overlooked.
Symantec underlined the seriousness of the flaw to CNET’s Elinor Mills in November:
“One of the most dangerous aspects of this vulnerability is that a user doesn’t have to open a malicious e-mail to be infected,” Joshua Talbot, security intelligence manager at Symantec Security Response, said at the time. “All that is required is for the content of the e-mail to appear in Outlook’s Reading Pane.. Read More [via cnet]