Dridex Trojan Campaign Ravages with New Zero-Day

New Zero-day exploit use Word to hack your PC

As we mentioned, McAfee first highlighted the exploit, and in its research report, it said that it discovered the exploit in action in late January.

While most malware requires human intervention to activate it in a system, the Microsoft zero-day is able to run by simply opening the corrupted Word document, giving hackers control of an infected computer and their personal banking details and access passwords.

Microsoft Office users should be careful of this zero-day exploit targeting Word documents by attaching a malicious document on their emails. It exploits a flaw in Windows' Object Linking and Embedding (OLE), an important feature of Office, which lets users embed or link to other Office documents, like spreadsheets or charts.

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FireEye said it has been working with Microsoft on the vulnerability for several weeks and had agreed not to publicly disclose it until a patch was released, but chose to reveal the details after McAfee published its post.

Microsoft also released additional updates for vulnerabilities in its products overnight, as part of its monthly security updates. Microsoft is reportedly working on a fix that should be available on Tuesday. That's because the company is aware of limited, targeted attacks that try to take advantage of an unpatched vulnerability in this filter.

The exploit connects to a remote server to obtain an execute an HTA file, which contains VBScript to be executed by the client. You might even have to worry about your finances: Researchers have found that during tax season hackers send spam emails pretending to be from a "tax officer" with a fake tax refund form attached as a Word document, with malware embedded. It means the vulnerability is not known by the public except for attackers who are exploiting it. The cybersecurity firm said it's informed Microsoft and is coordinating with the company to address the vulnerability.

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In a blog post, Proofpoint researchers said the vulnerability represents a "significant level of agility and innovation" for the developers of the Dridex banking Trojan, which traditionally spreads to Windows users via macro-based documents in email attachments.

Worryingly, the vulnerability now remains active, but Microsoft has pledged the bug will be nixed when the monthly security update rolls out on April 11.

"We suggest everyone ensure that Office Protected View is enabled", said Li. The flaw allows attackers to bypass the exploit mitigations in even the most recent version of Windows.

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