Microsoft releases out of band security update to stop 3-D graphics attack

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Microsoft recently released an out of band security update that addresses vulnerabilities in the Autodesk FBX library (via Forbes). The update is important for Windows users because the Autodesk FBX library integrates with several programs, including the Microsoft Office suite and Paint 3D. The Autodesk FBX library stores 3-D shapes and animations. You can install the update now using Microsoft Office.

The vulnerabilities rely on an attacker sending a malicious FBX file that a person then opens. If an attack is successful, a person can exploit the vulnerabilities to gain the same user rights as a local user. If an account with fewer rights is a victim of the attack, the severity of the attack could be lessened. Microsoft explains the vulnerabilities in a security advisory. You can also read more about the vulnerabilities on Autodesk’s website.

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The 3-D graphics vulnerabilities are classified as “important,” and in total, there are seven vulnerabilities. The updates are referred to as “out of band updates” because Microsoft releases them separately from regularly scheduled Patch Tuesday updates.

You can install the security updates now through Microsoft Office. You can use the steps we’ve listed below or check out our full guide on updating Office.

How to update Office apps on Windows 10

Note: The interface may look slightly different depending on the version of Office that you’re running, but the steps are the same.

  1. Open an Office app. For example, Word.
  2. Create a new blank document.
  3. Click on File.
  4. Click on Account.
  5. On the right side, click the Update Options menu.
  6. Click the Update Now option.

  7. Continue with the on-screen directions to apply new updates (if applicable).

Once you’ve completed the steps, Office will download and install any available update for your apps.

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