New Exploit Lets Malware Attackers Bypass Patch for Critical Microsoft MSHTML Flaw


Microsoft MSHTML RCE

A short-lived phishing campaign has been observed taking advantage of a novel exploit that bypassed a patch put in place by Microsoft to fix a remote code execution vulnerability affecting the MSHTML component with the goal of delivering Formbook malware.

“The attachments represent an escalation of the attacker’s abuse of the CVE-2021-40444 bug and demonstrate that even a patch can’t always mitigate the actions of a motivated and sufficiently skilled attacker,” SophosLabs researchers Andrew Brandt and Stephen Ormandy said in a new report published Tuesday.

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