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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Microsoft Office Vendors:   Microsoft
Microsoft Office and Excel Memory Corruption Bugs Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1019578
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1019578
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-0113, CVE-2008-0118   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Mar 11 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 2000 SP3, 2003 SP2, and 2004 for Mac; Excel Viewer 2003 and Excel Viewer 2003 SP3
Description:   Two vulnerabilities were 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 Excel or Office file that, when loaded by the target user, will trigger a memory corruption error and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

A specially crafted Excel file can trigger arbitrary code execution [CVE-2008-0113].

A specially crafted Office file can trigger arbitrary code execution [CVE-2008-0118].

An anonymous researcher reported one of the vulnerabilities. Arnaud Dovi reported the other vulnerability via Zero Day Initiative.

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=72735aa1-e22c-40ed-8c79-38fba89979aa

Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9cf8aafa-71a5-4017-b53c-4e80ef6e1188

Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 2:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9f25922c-d3c2-4ef1-b164-8a21a77d29aa

Microsoft Office Excel Viewer 2003:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9f25922c-d3c2-4ef1-b164-8a21a77d29aa

Microsoft Office Excel Viewer 2003 Service Pack 3:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9f25922c-d3c2-4ef1-b164-8a21a77d29aa

Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=95DCEB37-B35F-46DB-B280-DB0F3B298AA9

A restart is not required.

The Microsoft advisory is available at:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-016.mspx

Vendor URL:  www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-016.mspx (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  UNIX (macOS/OS X), Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.


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