Vulnerability Note VU#166700
Microsoft Word malformed data structure vulnerability
A vulnerability in Microsoft Word could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.
Microsoft Word fails to properly handle malformed data structures allowing memory corruption to occur. This vulnerability can be triggered by opening a specially crafted document with Microsoft Word. It is possible that the vulnerability can be exploited by opening a Microsoft Office document that includes an embedded Word document.
We are aware of public reports of active exploitation of this vulnerability.
By convincing a user to open a specially crafted Word document, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running Word. If the user is logged in with administrative privileges, the attacker could take complete control of a vulnerable system.
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Systems Affected (Learn More)
|Vendor||Status||Date Notified||Date Updated|
|Microsoft Corporation||Affected||-||13 Feb 2007|
CVSS Metrics (Learn More)
This issue was reported by Microsoft and McAfee.
This document was written by Jeff Gennari.
- CVE IDs: CVE-2006-6456
- Date Public: 10 Dec 2006
- Date First Published: 11 Dec 2006
- Date Last Updated: 23 Feb 2007
- Severity Metric: 37.87
- Document Revision: 19
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