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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Microsoft Office Vendors:   Microsoft
Microsoft Office File Processing Flaw Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1041252
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1041252
CVE Reference:   CVE-2018-8281   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jul 10 2018
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 2016 Click-to-Run, 2016 for Mac; Excel Viewer; Word Viewer; PowerPoint Viewer; Office Compatibility Pack SP3
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Office. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a specially crafted file that, when loaded by the target user via Office, will trigger an object memory handling error and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

Lin Wang of Beihang University reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can create content that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix.

The Microsoft advisories are available at:

https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2018-8281

Vendor URL:  portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2018-8281 (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  UNIX (macOS/OS X), Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.


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