Protect Yourself from Microsoft Word Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

CVSScvssV3_1: 7.8

Microsoft Word is one of the most popular word processing software used worldwide. Unfortunately, researchers have discovered a remote code execution vulnerability in Microsoft Word that has been assigned the identifier CVE-2024-21379 and has a CVSS score of 7.8, making it a serious security issue.

This vulnerability could allow a hacker to execute malicious code on the targeted system remotely without the user’s knowledge or consent just by tricking them into opening a specially crafted Word file. All the hacker needs to do is embed malicious code inside an innocent looking Word document and trick the user into opening it. Once opened, the malicious code will automatically execute on the user’s computer without prompting for any permission.

This gives the hacker complete control of the affected system and allows them to steal sensitive data, install malware, ransomware or spyware. They could even use the compromised system to launch attacks against other computers or networks.

The best way to protect yourself is to keep your Microsoft Word application and Windows operating system updated with the latest patches. Microsoft has already released a security update to address this vulnerability so make sure to install all available updates as soon as possible. You should also be cautious about opening documents from untrusted or unknown sources and avoid clicking on links or attachments in unsolicited emails.

Taking some simple precautions like keeping your software updated and exercising caution about opening files from unknown sources can help keep your computer and data safe from this serious Word vulnerability.