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Microsoft Warns of Hackers After PowerPoint Users

     
3:51 pm on May 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft Warns of Hackers After PowerPoint Users [reuters.com]
Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday that hackers are seeking to attack users of its PowerPoint presentation software for Windows PCs and released patches to protect them against the threat.
The world's No. 1 software maker said that a version of PowerPoint for Apple Inc's Mac computers is also vulnerable, though it has yet to find any evidence that hackers are actively seeking to exploit it.

Microsoft defined the threat as "critical" -- the most severe on the scale by which it ranks vulnerabilities to its software.

Hackers are seeking to exploit the vulnerability in PowerPoint by persuading the intended victim to open a tainted PowerPoint file

1:53 am on May 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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That patch fixes multiple vulnerabilities in PPT. There is a good roundup of links to all the patches on the Office Watch site [news.office-watch.com].
4:11 pm on May 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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<shameless Mac Plug>
Mac users can avoid this by using Keynote. It has a much nicer interface and opens and saves PPT files.
</shameless Mac Plug>

I'll crawl back to my forum now. ;)

11:36 pm on May 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Here's a better plan.

Outlaw PowerPoint, Keynote, and all other viewgraph software.

One less vector of attack. And the boardrooms of the world will be a much better place.

1:20 am on May 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Outlaw PowerPoint, Keynote, and all other viewgraph software.

I understand the sentiment, but there's no way I'd want to go back to the era of printing out transparencies on film, or using software that isn't intended for this purpose on a projector. I can live with the occasional white-board though. ;)
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<shameless Mac Plug>

The PPT update does NOT include Mac, at least that's what I've seen in the update notes. Should follow at a later time but was not part of the current update.