New Update Microsoft Office update breaks actively exploited RCE attack chain


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Microsoft today released a defense-in-depth update for Microsoft Office that prevents exploitation of a remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability tracked as CVE-2023-36884 that threat actors have already leveraged in attacks.

In today's Microsoft August Patch Tuesday, the update helps fix CVE-2023-36884, a security issue disclosed in July, which Microsoft did not patch at the time but provided mitigation advice.

Initially, the bug was reported as an RCE in Microsoft Office, but further review led to classifying it as a Windows Search remote code execution.

Hackers exploited the vulnerability as a zero-day to execute code remotely using malicious Microsoft Office documents in attacks from the RomCom threat group for financial and espionage purposes.

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