Microsoft Security Setting Ironically Increases Risks for Office for Mac Users

A Microsoft security setting designed to keep users safe from Internet-borne threats has actually made users running the latest versions of Microsoft Office for Mac more vulnerable to remote attacks. Carnegie Mellon University’s CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) on Friday warned that systems running Microsoft Office for Mac — including fully patched Office 2016 and Office 2019 versions — can be attacked remotely because of a trivially exploitable bug in Excel involving XLM, an old macro format.

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