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Microsoft Warns Customers About New Zero-Day Word Exploit

Microsoft Corp. today issued a security advisory telling customers it is "investigating" reports of new zero-day code aimed at Microsoft Word 2000.

"In order for this attack to be carried out, a user must first open a malicious Word file attached to an e-mail or otherwise provided to them by an attacker," the company said.

Security vendor Symantec said it began detecting code for this exploit, a variant of a previous Trojan, earlier this week.

Microsoft said that it may release an "out-of-cycle" patch for the flaw, depending on the results of the investigation. It has updated Windows Live OneCare to detect such code, as well as alerted other vendors.

To read the advisory, go here.

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Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital projects at the company, including launching and running the group's popular virtual summit and Coffee talk series . She an experienced tech journalist (20 years), and before her current position, was the editorial director of the group's sites. A few years ago she gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web browser technology would impact online advertising for publishers. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.

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