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Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerability in Microsoft OLE: KB 3010060

Microsoft Windows VulnerabilityMicrosoft recently announced Microsoft Security Advisory 3010060. Microsoft discovered a vulnerability in all supported releases of Microsoft Windows which could allow your entire system to be taken over if a user opens any specifically designed Microsoft Office file that contains an OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) object. Among operating systems affected Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Windows RT are among the supported which are vulnerable. When executed properly the attack allows the intruder to have all the same permissions on your system depending on the username settings currently being used. This could mean full admin rights to whoever gains access to your system. This particular bug lives in PowerPoint’s OLE capability which allows a user to import a spreadsheet or another documents into the presentation. Pay attention to these quick tips in order to keep your system safe:

  • Be very careful of any email attachment you download or open
  • Do not open the email or download the attachment if you do not know the sender
  • Enable Window’s User Account Control feature
  • User Account Control will not fix or protect you from an infected file but it will let you know when you are about to install anything on your computer
  • Download the temporary patch Microsoft has made available

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