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Windows giant warns security flaw exploited in wild, but no patch available

Grafter
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Windows giant warns security flaw exploited in wild, but no patch available

[quote= http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/24/microsoft_rtf_vuln/]Microsoft has warned its Word software is vulnerable to a newly discovered dangerous bug – which is being exploited right now in "limited, targeted attacks" in the wild. There is no patch available at this time.
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Re: Windows giant warns security flaw exploited in wild, but no patch available

And later this "fix it" was made available: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2953095
Usually the "fix it" things involve disabling the affected component, in this case, it will "Disable opening RTF content in Microsoft Word". I doubt many people will care about not being able to open .rtf files.
Grafter
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Re: Windows giant warns security flaw exploited in wild, but no patch available

It is a workaround until they make a fix
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The Fix it solution described in this section is not intended to be a replacement for any security update. We recommend that you always install the latest security updates. However, we offer this Fix it solution as a workaround option for some scenarios.

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Note This is a "FAST PUBLISH" article created directly from within the Microsoft support organization. The information contained herein is provided as-is in response to emerging issues. As a result of the speed in making it available, the materials may include typographical errors and may be revised at any time without notice. See Terms of Use for other considerations.
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Re: Windows giant warns security flaw exploited in wild, but no patch available

The fix is to install LibreOffice.

"In The Beginning Was The Word, And The Word Was Aardvark."

Grafter
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Re: Windows giant warns security flaw exploited in wild, but no patch available

That said
What if the businesses / student(s) et al has already payed (extortionate fees) for the licenses
Or they do not want another suite taking up valuable room on their machine(s)
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Re: Windows giant warns security flaw exploited in wild, but no patch available

Get rid of the broken one to make room.

"In The Beginning Was The Word, And The Word Was Aardvark."

Grafter
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Re: Windows giant warns security flaw exploited in wild, but no patch available

And then loose revenue on the costs of the unused license fees
Are you mad
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Re: Windows giant warns security flaw exploited in wild, but no patch available

It's a zero cost option.
You won't need to waste money on future "upgrades".

"In The Beginning Was The Word, And The Word Was Aardvark."