Vulnerability Note VU#104302

Microsoft Excel malformed record memory corruption vulnerability

Original Release date: 14 Mar 2006 | Last revised: 14 Mar 2006


Microsoft Excel contains a memory corruption vulnerability. This vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


Microsoft Excel fails to properly validate records in data files. When a file with a malformed record is opened in Excel, system memory can be corrupted in a way that may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.

More information is available in MS06-012.


A remote unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code.


Apply a patch from your vendor
Microsoft addresses this vulnerability with the updates listed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-012.

Do not access Excel files from untrusted sources

By only accessing Excel files, such as spreadsheets, from trusted or known sources, the chances of exploitation are reduced.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Microsoft CorporationAffected-14 Mar 2006
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

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This issue was reported in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-012. Microsoft credits Eyas of the XFOCUS Security Team with providing information regarding these issues.

This document was written by Jeff Gennari.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2006-0031
  • Date Public: 14 Mar 2006
  • Date First Published: 14 Mar 2006
  • Date Last Updated: 14 Mar 2006
  • Severity Metric: 20.25
  • Document Revision: 7


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