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OpenOffice hit by buffer overflow exploit

Antony Savvas

The OpenOffice productivity suite has been hit with a buffer overflow vulnerability which allows remote attackers to take over users’ systems.

OpenOffice is an open source rival to Microsoft’s Office software suite and is supported by the likes of Sun Microsystems.

The buffer overflow problem can be exploited by specially crafted WMF/EMF files.

The problem affects OpenOffice software distributed before version 2.1.0. Users can protect themselves against the flaw by updating to the latest software available from the OpenOffice.org website.

A similar WMF buffer overflow exploit affecting Microsoft Office appeared last year.

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