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Fortinet discovers critical Microsoft vulnerability threatening PowerPoint Users

  • 15 June, 2006 10:45

<p>SYDNEY, June 15. Fortinet -- the pioneer and leading provider of multi-threat security solutions -- today announced that its leading security research team was key in discovering the latest Microsoft™ critical vulnerability, CVE-2006-0022, which impacts users of several versions of Microsoft PowerPoint™.</p>
<p>The vulnerability allows attackers to execute arbitrary code via a Microsoft PowerPoint document and let the attacker take full control of the client workstation. The attacker could then download and install further malicious code and access private user information.</p>
<p>The vulnerability affects users of the following software:</p>
<p>-- Microsoft Office 2000 Service Pack 3
-- Microsoft PowerPoint 2000
-- Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3
-- Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
-- Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2
-- Microsoft PowerPoint 2003
-- Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac
-- Microsoft PowerPoint 2004 for Mac
-- Microsoft Office v. X for Mac
-- Microsoft PowerPoint v. X for Mac</p>
<p>Microsoft PowerPoint users should immediately apply the update provided by Microsoft. Fortinet's security research team was critical in discovering this vulnerability, as noted in the Microsoft Security Bulletin (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS06-028.mspx). For more information on this vulnerability, please visit the FortiGuard center at http://www.fortinet.com/FortiGuardCenter/advisory/FG-2006-19.html.</p>
<p>FortiGuard Network Information</p>
<p>All FortiGate systems in production worldwide are kept up to date automatically by Fortinet's FortiGuardNetwork, which provides continuous updates that ensure protection against the latest threats around the clock and around the world. For more information on the FortiGuard Network visit: http://www.fortinet.com/FortiGuardCenter/</p>
<p>About Fortinet (www.fortinet.com)</p>
<p>Fortinet is the pioneer and leading provider of ASIC-accelerated multi-threat security systems, which are used by enterprises and service providers to increase their security while reducing total operating costs. Fortinet solutions were built from the ground up to integrate multiple levels of security protection -- including firewall, anti-virus, intrusion prevention, VPN, spyware prevention and anti-spam -- providing customers a way to protect multiple threats as well as blended threats. Leveraging a custom ASIC and unified interface, Fortinet solutions offer advanced security functionality that scales from remote office to chassis-based solutions with integrated management and reporting. Fortinet solutions have won multiple awards around the world and are the only security products that are certified eight times over by the ICSA (firewall, anti-virus, IPSec, SSL, IDS, client anti-virus detection, cleaning and anti-spyware). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.</p>
<p>Media Contact</p>
<p>Yvonne Cheong
Fortinet, Inc.
+65 6838 5226
ycheong@fortinet.com</p>

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