Word bug shows trend in file format hacks

Thursday, 14 July 2005, 10:22 AM EST

The vulnerability in Microsoft Word is only the latest in a spreading trend that's seeing hackers probe for foibles and failings in file formats, a security analyst from the company which first uncovered the Word bug said Wednesday.

"We're starting to see a trend in vulnerability discovery where people are going after file format vulnerabilities," said Michael Sutton, the director of iDefense Labs, the research arm of Reston, Va.-based security intelligence firm iDefense.

By Gregg Keizer at InformationWeek.

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