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Microsoft warns of Windows zero-day; hackers serve exploits in PowerPoint files

Gregg Keizer | Oct. 23, 2014
Similar to a vulnerability Microsoft patched just last week.

UAC, which many Windows users see as an inconvenience -- and many habitually click through without a second thought -- will detect the malformed PowerPoint file and not run its hidden malware without permission.

"In observed attacks, User Account Control (UAC) displays a consent prompt or an elevation prompt, depending on the privileges of the current user, before a file containing the exploit is executed," Microsoft's advisory said.

 

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