Security Newsletter
3 Apr 2023
Microsoft OneNote will block 120 dangerous file extensions
Microsoft has shared more information on what malicious embedded files OneNote will soon block to defend users against ongoing phishing attacks pushing malware. The company first revealed that OneNote will get enhanced security in a Microsoft 365 roadmap entry published three weeks ago, on March 10, following recent and ongoing waves of phishing attacks pushing malware.
Threat actors have been using OneNote documents in spear phishing campaigns since mid-December 2022 after Microsoft patched a MoTW bypass zero-day exploited to drop malware via ISO and ZIP files and finally disabled Word and Excel macros by default. Threat actors create malicious Microsoft OneNote documents by embedding dangerous files and scripts and then hiding them with design elements, as shown below.
Today, the company shared more details regarding what specific file extensions will be blocked once the new OneNote security improvements roll out. Microsoft says it will align the files considered dangerous and blocked in OneNote with those blocked by Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
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