Microsoft fixes serious Word security problem

Thanks to Peter Deegan of Woody's Office Watch for tipping me off to an important new security fix for Microsoft Word. Here's the description from Microsoft:

Microsoft has released a patch that fixes a vulnerability in Word 97 which could permit macros to run without warning the user when the user opens a document based on a template containing macros. A malicious hacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause malicious macro code to be run without warning if a user opens a Word attachment that was sent by a malicious hacker, or posted on a web site controlled by the malicious hacker. This malicious macro could possibly be used to damage or retrieve data on a user's system.

For more information about the problem, and to download the fix, please visit the Microsoft Web site

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