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Symantec Response reports New Undisclosed Microsoft PowerPoint Vulnerability
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Written by Daniel   
Friday, 14 July 2006 14:27
"Well, it seems that things will never get too boring around here in Symantec Security Response. There is a new, in-the-wild threat running around on the Internet that is exploiting a previously undisclosed vulnerability in Microsoft PowerPoint.

In particular, attackers can create specially crafted PowerPoint files to exploit the vulnerability. These files can then be special delivered to your computer via your Inbox as an attachment, or perhaps placed on Web pages for downloading (like a wolf in sheep’s clothing). All you have to do is open the file—and WHAMMO!—the vulnerability is triggered, potentially allowing the attacker to run his or her code on your machine.

At this point in time, we have discovered a Trojan attached to the PowerPoint exploits that we’ve seen in the wild, and made antivirus signatures available for it; the Trojan is detected as Trojan.PPDropper.B. As always, we’ll continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as appropriate. In the meantime, safe surfing, and be wary of strangers bearing “gifts” online."
Posted by Vince Hwang on July 14, 2006 08:11 AM

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