Vulnerability Note VU#936945
Microsoft PowerPoint does not properly handle malformed shapes
Microsoft PowerPoint contains a vulnerability that may allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.
Microsoft PowerPoint contains a vulnerability that could be exploited when PowerPoint opens a specially crafted document. According to Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-048, "The vulnerability is caused when PowerPoint opens a specially crafted PowerPoint file and parses a malformed shape. This vulnerability affects both Windows and Mac versions of PowerPoint.
By convincing a user to open a specially crafted PowerPoint document, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running PowerPoint. If the user is logged in with administrative privileges, the attacker could take complete control of a vulnerable system. Depending on the version and patch level of PowerPoint, this vulnerability may cause PowerPoint to crash.
Apply an update
This vulnerability is addressed by the updates documented in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-048.
Systems Affected (Learn More)
|Vendor||Status||Date Notified||Date Updated|
|Microsoft Corporation||Affected||-||05 Oct 2006|
CVSS Metrics (Learn More)
Microsoft credits Elia Florio of Symantec, Dejun Meng of the Fortinet Security Research Team, and Shih-hao Weng of Information & Communication Security Technology Center for reporting the Microsoft PowerPoint Mso.dll Vulnerability.
This document was written by Will Dormann.
- CVE IDs: CVE-2006-3590
- Date Public: 13 Jul 2006
- Date First Published: 14 Jul 2006
- Date Last Updated: 05 Oct 2006
- Severity Metric: 22.49
- Document Revision: 13
If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.