Vulnerability Note VU#884252

Microsoft PowerPoint fails to properly handle malformed records

Original Release date: 08 Aug 2006 | Last revised: 08 Aug 2006

Overview

Microsoft PowerPoint fails to properly handle malformed records allowing a buffer overflow to occur. This vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Description

Microsoft PowerPoint fails to properly handle malformed records. Specifically, PowerPoint fails to properly validate the length of a record before copying that record into a buffer possibly allowing a buffer overflow to occur.

More information is available in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-048.

Impact

A remote, unauthenticated attacker could execute arbitrary code on an affected system. If the user is logged on with administrative privileges, the attacker could gain complete control of the system, including the ability to install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

Solution

Apply an update
Apply the update provided by in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-048.

Until a patch can be applied, do not open or save Microsoft PowerPoint files that you receive from untrusted sources.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Microsoft CorporationAffected08 Aug 200608 Aug 2006
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

Group Score Vector
Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A N/A

References

Credit

This vulnerability was reported by Microsoft, who in turn credit SoWhat of Nevis Labs for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Joseph Pruszynski.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2006-3449
  • Date Public: 08 Aug 2006
  • Date First Published: 08 Aug 2006
  • Date Last Updated: 08 Aug 2006
  • Severity Metric: 30.98
  • Document Revision: 22

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