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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Microsoft Word Vendors:   Microsoft
Microsoft Word String and Mail Merge Record Validation Flaws Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1017032
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1017032
CVE Reference:   CVE-2006-3647, CVE-2006-3651, CVE-2006-4693   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Oct 10 2006
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 for Mac, 2004 v. X for Mac
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 Word document that, when loaded by the target user, will trigger a buffer overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

A malformed string or mail merge record can trigger these vulnerabilities.

Microsoft credits Chen Xiaobo of McAfee Avert Labs and Cu Fang with reporting these vulnerabilities.

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:   The vendor has issued the following fixes:

Microsoft Office 2000 Service Pack 3:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=CFC85449-4941-4DA5-A919-1DA388054E83

Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=5652303E-04B3-4713-AF2E-2C8D2450468D

Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=30C516EB-BD63-4248-A34D-47AF7E9EA55A

Microsoft Office Word 2003 Viewer:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=EB230319-14A5-4206-A601-CF9DDE89352A

Microsoft Works Suite 2004:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=5652303E-04B3-4713-AF2E-2C8D2450468D

Microsoft Works Suite 2005:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=5652303E-04B3-4713-AF2E-2C8D2450468D

Microsoft Works Suite 2006:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=5652303E-04B3-4713-AF2E-2C8D2450468D

Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac:

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/

Microsoft Office v. X for Mac:

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/

The Microsoft advisory is available at:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms06-060.mspx

Vendor URL:  www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms06-060.mspx (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error, Input validation error
Underlying OS:  UNIX (macOS/OS X), Windows (2000), Windows (2003), Windows (XP)

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