Zero-day Adobe Flash Player vulnerability is making its rounds, targets Microsoft Office documents

www.office.com/setup

www.office.com/setup – Adobe has released a security advisory for its Flash Player product after being notified by South Korea’s CERT of a zero-day vulnerability. The advisory warns users that Flash content can be embedded into Office documents, such as Excel, and then used to download additional malicious files.

The result of a successful attack is that the attacker can gain full control of the infected system.

For now, there is no patch for the exploit. Adobe is anticipating a patch will be released next week, February 5th. It affects all systems including Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Chrome OS.

Additionally, Adobe has confirmed that this exploit is being actively used by attackers, and recommends that system administrators enable the option that warns users if they’d like to run Flash content or not.

Adobe Flash Player 28.0.0.137 and earlier versions are affected.

You can read Adobe’s full security advisory here.

Microsoft announces April 3 registration date for Ignite conference

www.office.com/setup - Office Setup Help

www.office.com/setup – Microsoft today announced registration for their annual Ignite conference will open up on April 3rd. The company promises attendees can learn more about the future of business tech, quantum computing, AI, and more during the September 24-28 event in Orlando, Florida.

Those interested in attending can sign up for event updates now, and get email alerts for when registration opens up on April 3rd. Microsoft points to the following top trends which will likely be discussed at Ignite 2018.

  • Tackling unsolvable problems with quantum computing:  Microsoft is developing a quantum computer, unique cryogenic control plane, and software stack for programming that others can harness for problem-solving.
  • Increasing understanding with AI-assisted language translation: When paired with additional data, a type of AI called long short-term memory for speech recognition can increase the quality of translations significantly. Learn more at Microsoft Ignite.
  • Exploring superpowers with mixed reality: At Microsoft Ignite, we’ll explore how mixed reality is redefining how work gets done. Across a diverse array of industries—manufacturing, architecture and engineering, healthcare, defense, retail, and education

Last year Ignite was also held in Orlando and went on as planned despite the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma. Ignite was exciting last year as we got an official Office 2019 announcement, and heard more about Windows 10 S devices. As always, we will be bringing you all the news live from Orlando come September, so be sure to keep tuned for more!

www.office.com/setup