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Exploit targets IE7 hole that was patched last week

Posted on Wednesday, February 18 2009 @ 20:16:32 CET by

Security firm Trend Micro warns a new exploit is out in the wild that exploits a critical hole in Internet Explorer 7 that was patched last week by Microsoft. If you haven't updated your Windows system yet, you better do it asap.
The malicious code, which Trend Micro named "XML_DLOADR.A," is hidden in a Word document. On unpatched systems, when the file is opened an ActiveX object automatically accesses a Web site to open a backdoor that installs a .DLL (dynamic link library) file that can steal information, according to a Trend Micro blog entry. The code sends stolen data to another Web address via port 443, Trend Micro said.

As a result of the back door, "anybody can run commands on the affected system," said Jamz Yaneza, a senior threat analyst and researcher at Trend Micro.



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