Microsoft grapples with PowerPoint security flaw

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Microsoft grapples with PowerPoint security flaw

Antony Savvas

Security researchers have discovered a flaw in Microsoft’s PowerPoint presentation program that is already being used by remote attackers to try and take over users’ systems.

The flaw emerged just days after Microsoft released its monthly security patch, which dealt with 18 vulnerabilities.

Internet security software company Symantec has already published an advisory on the problem and Microsoft has said that attacks are already happening in the wild.

To succumb to the flaw, users must first open up a malicious PowerPoint attachment sent to them as part of an e-mail message.

The PowerPoint exploit follows similar attacks using rogue Excel spreadsheet attachments recently patched against by Microsoft.

If a user opens the rogue PowerPoint attachment, they risk their machine being taken over by remote attackers, reports Symantec.

Microsoft is now considering whether to release a security patch to protect users from the latest problem to affect its Office productivity suite. But users may have to wait almost a month until the company’s next scheduled monthly patching day on 8 August.


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