Protect Yourself from Microsoft ActiveX Vulnerabilities

CVSScvssV3_1: 8.8

Microsoft ActiveX is a technology that allows web applications to interact with the operating system on a user’s device. It is commonly used in Microsoft Office applications and websites.

Unfortunately, researchers have discovered a remote code execution vulnerability in older versions of Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects (ADO). The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2024-21349, has a CVSS score of 8.8 out of 10 indicating it is a severe issue.

Attackers could exploit this vulnerability by tricking users into visiting a malicious website or opening a booby-trapped file. Once exploited, the attacker would gain complete control of the affected system remotely without the user’s knowledge. They could then install malware, view and steal sensitive data, or use the compromised machine for other nefarious purposes.

The best way to protect yourself is to ensure you have the latest security updates installed for your version of Windows and Office. It is also recommended to avoid opening files from untrusted sources unless essential. Using an up-to-date antivirus program can help detect and block any exploits attempting to target this vulnerability.

While concerning, this issue affects older systems. By staying vigilant about updates and practicing safe web browsing, you can help ensure your devices are not compromised. Let me know if you have any other questions!