Microsoft Patches Vulnerability in Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft has released the monthly set of security updates, including one fixing a critical office flaw, Vulnerability in Microsoft Publisher Could Allow Remote Code Execution (910729). Users could be exploited when opening a malicious publisher document, which would give the attackers free reign on their computer. This bug has been rated critical for Publisher 2000 users, and important for Publisher 2002 and 2003 versions.

This update resolves a newly discovered, privately reported vulnerability. The vulnerability is documented in the “Vulnerability Details” section of this bulletin.

If a user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.

We recommend that customers apply the update immediately.