Between 2006 and 2007, there was an almost threefold rise in Microsoft flaws, Qualys said on Wednesday.

We have seen a huge jump in the vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office products,” said Amol Sawate, manager of Qualys’ vulnerability-management lab. “These charts show growth of nearly 300 percent from 2006 to 2007, primarily in new Excel vulnerabilities that can easily be exploited by getting unsuspecting users to open Excel files sent via e-mail and instant message.”

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