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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Microsoft Excel Vendors:   Microsoft
Microsoft Excel Formula Parsing Error Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1019585
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1019585
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-0115   (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 in the parsing of forumulas. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create an Excel file with a specially crafted formula that, when loaded by the target user, will trigger a memory calculation error and execute arbitrary code on the target user's system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

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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