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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Microsoft Excel Vendors:   Microsoft
Microsoft Excel Input Validation Bug in Processing Rich Text Data Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1019586
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-0116   (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 processing of rich text values. 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 specially crafted rich text data that, when loaded by the target user, will trigger an input validation flaw and execute arbitrary code on the target user's system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

Cody Pierce of TippingPoint DVLabs 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:

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

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

2007 Microsoft Office System, Excel 2007:

Microsoft Office Excel Viewer 2003:

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

Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac:

Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac:

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:

The Microsoft advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error
Underlying OS:  UNIX (macOS/OS X), Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

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