Microsoft Fixes Two Security Flaws in Outlook

A critical memory corruption vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook that can be exploited via the Preview Pane feature of the email program was fixed today amid a flurry of patches in Microsoft’s February Patch Tuesday security update.

The Outlook flaw (CVE-2018-0852) could be exploited by an attacker to execute malicious code remotely, and if the victim user operates with administrative user rights, the attacker could wrest control of the entire system, Microsoft said in the security update. Dustin Childs, communications manager for Trend Micro’s ZDI team, says the Outlook flaw should be a priority, especially since merely viewing a malicious email in the Preview Pane could allow the attack to execute.

Microsoft also patched a second Outlook flaw, an elevation of privilege bug, that (CVE-2018-0850) tied to Outlook’s processing of incoming messages. It doesn’t properly validate the email format, so an attacker could use that flaw to “load a local or remote message store” via SMB, according to Microsoft. An attacker would have to send a malicious email to the victim to initiate the attack.

Read more about the February security patches that include updates for 50 vulnerabilities, 14 of which are critical, on DarkReading.

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