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Remote code execution vulnerability present in the MSHTML component of Microsoft Windows

A vulnerability exists in a component of Microsoft Windows. A malicious cyber actor could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code, potentially enabling the actor to take control of the vulnerable host. At this current time there is no patch available, affected Australian customers should apply the Microsoft recommended workarounds.

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Background /What has happened?

A vulnerability (CVE-2021-40444) has been identified in MSHTML, a component present in all installations of Microsoft Windows. A cyber actor could use a malicious ActiveX control in a Microsoft Office document to exploit this vulnerability. This malicious document would then likely be used as part of a spearphishing campaign.

Microsoft has identified that this vulnerability is currently being exploited.

Further information on this vulnerability and specific affected Microsoft Windows versions is available in Microsoft’s security advisory.

Mitigation / How do I stay secure?

Microsoft has released security updates to address this vulnerability, details of these updates are available from Microsoft’s security advisory. Customers should apply these security updates as soon as possible.

Assistance / Where can I go for help?

The ACSC is monitoring the situation and is able to provide assistance and advice as required. Organisations that have been impacted or require assistance can contact the ACSC via 1300 CYBER1 (1300 292 371).

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