back to article Word hole patched in 2012 is 'unchallenged' king of Office exploits

Possibly the most exploited unchallenged Microsoft Office vulnerability of the last decade was found and patched in 2012. Sophos threat researcher Graham Chantry says the longevity of the dusty bug affecting Office 2003, 2007, and 2010, is thanks to its constant adaptation by exploit kit authors, and a pervasive unwillingness …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Linux

    wow - do people still actually pay for and use ms word?

    Haven't they heard of libre office?

    works far better, works across more platforms, is free (in both senses of the word).

    And oh yeah - doesn't come with all the backdoor vulnerabilities that are the trademark of ms.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Meh

      wow - do people still actually pay for and use ms word?

      Haven't they heard of libre office?

      Yes, but it's usually someone else's money being spent. Change implies risk to the IT department, plus if the next version Microsoft Office breaks something, then they can blame Microsoft. But if they change everyone to OfficeLibre and that breaks something then it is their fault. As the IT department people won't get any financial savings made, they take the eminently rational view that "what's in it for me apart from a shitload of grief?"

  2. Baldy50

    Big thumbs up.

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