“Microsoft has detected a new piece of malware targeting Apple OS X computers that exploits a vulnerability in the Office productivity suite patched nearly three years ago,” Jeremy Kirk reports for IDG News Service.
“The malware is not widespread, wrote Jeong Wook Oh of Microsoft’s Malware Protection Center,” Kirk reports. “But it does show that hackers pay attention if it’s found people do not apply patches as those fixes are released, putting their computers at a higher risk of becoming infected.”
Kirk reports, “The exploit discovered by Microsoft doesn’t work with OS X Lion, but does work with Snow Leopard and prior versions… Microsoft advised those who use Microsoft Office 2004 or 2008 for Mac or the Open XML File Format Converter for Mac to ensure those products have applied the patch. ‘In conclusion, we can see that Mac OS X is not safe from malware,’ Oh wrote. ‘Statistically speaking, as this operating system gains in consumer usage, attacks on the platform will increase.’”