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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Microsoft Excel Vendors:   Microsoft
Microsoft Excel Input Validation Bug in Processing Data Validation Records Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1019582
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1019582
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-0111   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Mar 20 2008
Original Entry 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, 2002 SP3, 2003 SP2, 2007; Excel Viewer 2003; Office 2004 for Mac; Office 2008 for Mac
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Excel. 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 file that, when loaded by the target user, will trigger an error in the processing of data validation records and execute arbitrary code on the target user's system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

Greg MacManus of iDefense Labs 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 2000 Service Pack 3, Excel 2000 Service Pack 3:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=f7f90c30-1bfd-406b-a77f-612443e30185

Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3, Excel 2002 Service Pack 3:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=907f96d5-d1e9-4471-b41c-3ac811e63038

Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 2, Excel 2003 Service Pack 2:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=296e5f2c-f594-41c8-a20a-3e4c40ae3948

2007 Microsoft Office System, Excel 2007:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=e7634cb5-9531-4284-9554-4168fc488e0c

Microsoft Office Excel Viewer 2003:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=280bb2ac-b21a-46b5-8751-5a50fbebf107

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=e9251d71-9098-4125-ae91-7d4c83ea58ad

Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac:

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

Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=8FE8C32A-6D7A-482B-97C6-42562F089EE4

A restart is not required.

On March 19, 2008, Microsoft re-released MS08-014 for Microsoft Office Excel 2003 SP2 and SP3 only to correct a calculation error that had no security impact. Instructions regarding the re-issue are available at:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950340

The Microsoft advisory is available at:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-014.mspx

Vendor URL:  www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-014.mspx (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error
Underlying OS:  UNIX (macOS/OS X), Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.


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