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Hackers exploit IE bug with 'insidious' Word docs


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#1 Net_Surfer

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 06:45 PM

December 18, 2008 (Computerworld) Attackers are exploiting the just-patched vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE) by hiding malicious ActiveX controls in Microsoft Word documents, a security company said today.

"Inside the document is an ActiveX control, and in that control is a line that makes it call out to the site that's hosting the malware," said David Marcus, director of security research and communications for McAfee Inc.'s Avert Labs. "This is a pretty insidious way to attack people, because it's invisible to the eye, the communication with the site."

Embedding malicious ActiveX controls in Word documents isn't new -- Marcus said he had seen it "a time or two" -- but using an ActiveX control to ping a hacker's server for attack code is "definitely an innovation," he added. "They're stepping it up."


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#2 samuel3

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 08:23 PM

Wow, there really going for it this time.




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