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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Microsoft Office Publisher Vendors:   Microsoft
Microsoft Office Publisher Invalid Memory Reference Bug Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1019376
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1019376
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-0102   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Feb 12 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 2000, 2002, 2003 SP2 and prior service packs
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Office Publisher. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a specially crafted Publisher (.pub) file that, when loaded by the target user, will reference an invalid memory location and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

Bing Liu of Fortinet Security Research and Piotr Bania reported this vulnerability.

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 Publisher 2000:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=D8B085FB-858F-4C7E-96DE-EDFF8F49D62A

Microsoft Office Publisher 2002:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=1135C63A-6CE7-4051-81BA-BFBBA8D857FB

Microsoft Office Publisher 2003 Service Pack 2:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=7078B952-09F6-4C47-8C05-40667E1F1C3B

A restart is not required.

The Microsoft advisory is available at:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-012.mspx

Vendor URL:  www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-012.mspx (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.


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