6 November 2013

On 5 November 2013, Microsoft issued an emergency security advisory for a vulnerability affecting Microsoft Office (2003, 2007 and 2010), Windows Vista, Windows Server and Microsoft Lync.

The vulnerability in Office is known to have been targeted by cyber criminals. Microsoft’s website states that, "An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by convincing a user to preview or open a specially crafted email message, open a specially crafted file, or browse specially crafted web content."

Microsoft has offered a temporary 'Fix it' workaround which is suitable for some scenarios only. Check the notes in the Fix it information first to see if it applies to you.

Microsoft will provide a more permanent security update as soon as possible.

The full security advisory is available here.

More information

How to set automatic updates on your computer.

The information provided here is of a general nature. Everyone's circumstances are different. If you require specific advice you should contact your local technical support provider.

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