New Trojan virus discovered in Microsoft Office
October 5, 2005
Internet hackers have created a new Trojan virus that uses an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Office to take over a Windows personal computer. The Hesive Trojan virus can be disguised as a Microsoft Access file.
However, once opened in Access, infected .mdb files take advantage of an old buffer overflow security hole in Microsoft's Jet Database Engine software, effectively seizing control of certain unpatched Windows computers.
Incidents of the Trojan are rare but the creation of the first malware to target this unfixed security bug shows VXers are broadening the range of their attacks beyond targeting IE and Windows operating systems flaw to begin looking at Office applications.
In this way skills associated more typically with targeted hacking attacks are being rolled into malware creation.
Microsoft is yet to fix the Database Engine glitch but the creation of malware specifically targeting a security bug with a core component of Office ought to speed the creation of a fix.
Source: The Register
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