(The Hosting News) – On Tuesday, Microsoft noted it was looking into reports of hacking attempts intended to expose a “vulnerability” in Microsoft products such as Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Office 2003-2010, and Microsoft Lync.
Microsoft stated that the threat lies in a remote code execution existing in the way affected components handle specifically crafted TIFF image files.
The company has warned customers to use caution when opening emails, specifically crafted files and web content as this would be the way hackers would gain the same user rights as the existing user. The attacker has no way of forcing users to view the infected content, so customers must be cautious as to open unknown links or attachments.
Microsoft is working with partners in their Microsoft Active Protections Program to gain further insight into providing more protection for customers.
A statement was released on Tuesday stating that the tech giant would take appropriate action to protect their customers which could include “providing a security update through our monthly release process or providing an out-of-cycle security update, depending on customer needs.”