Protect Yourself from the Latest Microsoft Office Vulnerability

CVSScvssV3_1: 7.8

Microsoft Office is used by millions of people worldwide to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Unfortunately, a new remote code execution vulnerability has been discovered that could allow hackers to take control of computers running vulnerable versions of Office.

The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2023-21735, has a CVSS score of 7.8 out of 10 indicating it is a serious security issue. It is caused by how Office handles objects in memory and could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code remotely if a user opens a specially crafted Office file.

This means a hacker could install programs, view, change or delete data without your knowledge if you are using an affected version of Office. They could even access your webcam or microphone to spy on you.

The best way to protect yourself is to install the latest updates for your version of Office. Microsoft has released patches to fix this vulnerability so make sure your Office installation has automatically updated or you manually check for updates. It is also wise to avoid opening files from untrusted or unknown sources unless you have scanned them for viruses first.

Staying on top of software updates is one of the best ways to enhance your cybersecurity. So take a few minutes to ensure your Microsoft Office programs are fully patched to avoid becoming a victim of this serious remote code execution flaw.