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Microsoft Office vulnerabilities patched.

Lumension Security : 11 July, 2007  (Technical Article)
.NET framework vulnerability addressed by patches released by Microsoft covering Office products and Windows.
Microsoft has released three critical patches this month addressing vulnerabilities in Office, Excel, Windows and .NET. Two important and one moderate patches have also been released to address vulnerabilities in Office, Publisher and Windows Vista. .

Alan Bentley, Managing Director of PatchLink EMEA comments:

"The patch for the .NET Framework is the most important patch this month. It has the potential to affect every application running on every operating system that Microsoft is actively supporting today. The sheer impact this vulnerability could have, if exploited, means organisations should apply this patch immediately.

'However, the .NET vulnerability is not the only vulnerability that needs urgent attention this month. Given that Excel is implicitly trusted by Internet Explorer, worms and other exploits coming through the Web have the potential to propagate the Microsoft Excel vulnerability (MS07-036) without user action - placing the onus on IT administrators to fix this vulnerability quickly.

"Microsoft Vista doesn't go unnoticed this month, as there are two vulnerabilities that could affect Vista - the .NET vulnerability (MS07-040), as well as the Vista patch deemed 'moderate' (MS07-038). Organisations that have adopted Vista into their environments should keep a close eye on these patches.'

'Lastly, IT administrators must take a look at the Office vulnerabilities, as the framework and application layer will continue to be where most of the vulnerabilities will be found as threats move up the application stack from the traditional operating system.'

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