Vulnerability Note VU#459388

Microsoft Office fails to properly handle PNG images

Original Release date: 11 Jul 2006 | Last revised: 11 Jul 2006


Microsoft Office applications fail to properly handle PNG images. This vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


Microsoft Office applications fail to properly parse PNG images. When an Office document containing a malformed PNG image is opened with an Office application, system memory can be corrupted in a way that may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.

More information, including a list of affected Office applications, is available in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-039.


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 MS06-039.

Do not access Office documents from untrusted sources

By only accessing Office documents, such as spreadsheets or Microsoft Word documents, from trusted or known sources, the chances of exploitation are reduced.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Microsoft CorporationAffected-11 Jul 2006
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

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This vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-039. Microsoft credits Fortinet Inc. with providing information regarding this vulnerability.

This document was written by Jeff Gennari.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2006-0033
  • Date Public: 11 Jul 2006
  • Date First Published: 11 Jul 2006
  • Date Last Updated: 11 Jul 2006
  • Severity Metric: 21.16
  • Document Revision: 10


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