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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Microsoft Word Vendors:   Microsoft
Microsoft Word Lets Remote Users Cause Arbitrary Code to Be Executed
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1016130
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1016130
CVE Reference:   CVE-2006-2492   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  May 23 2006
Original Entry Date:  May 19 2006
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): Word 2000, 2002, 2003; Office 2003, Office XP
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Word. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a specially crafted Office file that, when loaded by the target user, will set a malformed object pointer to corrupt system memory and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

Microsoft Word 2002 and 2003 are affected. Office XP and Office 2003 are affected.

Microsoft indicates that Microsoft Word 2000 is not affected. However, eEye Digital Security indicates that they have confirmed that Word 2000 is indeed vulnerable.

Word Viewer 2003 is not affected.

The vendor's original notice is available at:

http://blogs.technet.com/msrc/archive/2006/05/19/429353.aspx

Impact:   A remote user can create a file that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.

Microsoft is working on fix, scheduled to be part of the June security updates on June 13, 2006, or sooner as warranted.

Microsoft indicates that, as a workaround, you can use Microsoft Word in Safe Mode. Instructions are provided in the Microsoft advisory.

The Microsoft advisory is available at:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/919637.mspx

Vendor URL:  www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/919637.mspx (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
Jun 13 2006 (Microsoft Issues Fix) Microsoft Word Lets Remote Users Cause Arbitrary Code to Be Executed
Microsoft has issued a Security Bulletin to replace the previously issued Security Advisory. A fix is now available.



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