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Aniruddha Dolas

About Aniruddha Dolas

Aniruddha Dolas is part of the HIPS (Host-based Intrusion Prevention System) team in Quick Heal Security Labs. He has worked on various security vulnerabilities reported in MS Office and Acrobat PDF Reader, and network-based vulnerabilities. He has a keen interest in writing blog posts on trends observed during his research.

For the past few years, we have been seeing macro-based attacks through Object Linking Embedding (OLE)/Microsoft Office files. But, presently, attackers are using a different technique to spread malware through Office files – using a new attack vector called ‘Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE)’. DDE is an authorized Microsoft Office feature that provides several methods for transferring data between applications. Once the communication protocol is established, it doesn’t require user interactions...