New critical vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook: A detailed analysis

In our increasingly connected world, cyber threats a constant concern. Two critical vulnerabilities in Microsoft products were recently discovered: CVE-2024-21413 in Microsoft Outlook and CVE-2024-21412 in Internet Shortcut Files. This article provides a comprehensive analysis of these threats and offers practical steps to ensure your digital security.

New critical vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook

CVE-2024-21413: The vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook

This vulnerability allows attackers to remotely execute code and bypass security mechanisms. It is essential for Microsoft Outlook users to be aware of this threat and take appropriate action.


CVE-2024-21412: Internet Shortcut Files security vulnerability

This vulnerability was actively exploited by the APT group Water Hydra, primarily targeting financial market traders. Exploiting this vulnerability allows attackers to bypass Microsoft Defender SmartScreen and distribute malicious software.


The Importance of Regular Updates

Regularly updating your Windows system and Microsoft Office suite is crucial to protect your devices from such vulnerabilities. According to experts at Mica IT, the update process typically includes the following:


  Microsoft Windows 10/11

  1. Access to Settings: Click on the Windows logo and then the gear icon for "Settings.
  2. Find the Latest Update: Select "Update and Security" and then choose "Windows Update" from the menu. Search for updates and install the available ones.
  3. Reboot your Laptop or PC: After installing the updates, it is necessary to restart your device to complete the updates.

Or click here To read the instructions at Microsoft.


  Microsoft 365 Outlook

  1. Open Microsoft Outlook: Launch the Outlook application on your computer.
  2. Go to the File menu: In the upper left corner of the Outlook window, you will find the File menu. Click on it to access the account settings.
  3. Choose Office account: From the File menu, select Office Account or Account. Here you will find options for managing your Microsoft 365 subscription and updates.
  4. Search for Available Updates: Under the 'Product Information' section, you will see an option called 'Office Updates'. Click the 'Update Now' button to search for available updates for Microsoft 365, including Outlook.
  5. Install Updates: If updates are available, follow the on-screen instructions to install them. This may involve closing Outlook and other Office applications during the update process.
  6. Restart Outlook: After the updates are installed, restart Outlook to apply the changes.

Or click here To read the instructions at Microsoft.

Applying updates keeps your system protected from known vulnerabilities and improves the overall performance and security of your device.


Best practices for cybersecurity

In addition to regularly updating your systems, there are other important steps you can take to protect yourself:


  • Use Strong Passwords: Provide complex and unique passwords for all your accounts.
  • Be Vigilant Against Phishing: Train yourself and your employees to recognize suspicious emails and links.
  • Use Antivirus Software: Make sure you have reliable antivirus software installed and keep it up to date.
  • Backup Important Data: Regular backups making important data can be crucial in a cyber attack.


The discovery of vulnerabilities such as CVE-2024-21413 and CVE-2024-21412 demonstrates the importance of staying alert and taking proactive measures to secure your digital environment. By regularly updating your systems and following cybersecurity best practices, you can significantly reduce the risks of cyber attacks.

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