Patches, it turns out, are only effective if they are installed. That is the case with Office, which got a fix for a Rich Text Format hole in November. Hackers know that many machines don't get patched, and the patch itself is a blueprint for how to attack these unpatched machines. Some hacker dweeb has done just that, posting code that exploits this hole.
Suites from Office XP all the way up to Office 2010 are vulnerable, and the posted code lets hackers gain full privileges, mess with your data, and install malware.
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