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: What the RTF? Mac and Windows users at risk from boobytrapped documents | Naked Security -
May 9, 2012
"Microsoft has warned Windows and Mac users that they could be at risk from boobytrapped RTF files if they leave their copies of Microsoft Office unpatched: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Office. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted RTF file. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights. In shorthand that means a malicious attacker could send you a poisoned RTF file, and the simple act of you opening it in MS Word on a Windows or Mac computer could allow them to run malicious code. Potentially, for instance, they could open a backdoor that could allow them to gain remote access to your files or install further malware." -
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