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Security flaw found in Microsoft Word software.


Virus protection company Sophos Anti-Virus has warned computer users of a recently discovered security vulnerability in Microsoft Word.

According to Sophos the flaw can allow viral macros to execute automatically simply by opening Rich Text Format (RTF) documents - something not thought possible until now. The firm urges Microsoft Word users to protect themselves against the problem by downloading a patch from Microsoft, available for Microsoft Word 97/2000/98(J) and Microsoft Word 98/2001 for Macintosh.

Despite the security vulnerability, Sophos recommends that RTF files should be used instead of DOC files, because the latter are still much more likely to harbour viruses.

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Date:May 28, 2001
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