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Microsoft Office Word Malicious Macro Execution

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Microsoft Office Word Malicious Macro Execution



This module injects a malicious macro into a Microsoft Office Word document (docx). The comments field in the metadata is injected with a Base64 encoded payload, which will be decoded by the macro and execute as a Windows executable. For a successful attack, the victim is required to manually enable macro execution.


  • sinn3r <sinn3r@metasploit.com>


Module Options

To display the available options, load the module within the Metasploit console and run the commands 'show options' or 'show advanced':

msf > use exploit/multi/fileformat/office_word_macro
msf exploit(office_word_macro) > show targets
msf exploit(office_word_macro) > set TARGET < target-id >
msf exploit(office_word_macro) > show options
    ...show and set options...
msf exploit(office_word_macro) > exploit

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