Vulnerability Note VU#170113 may fail to recognize embedded Basic macros

Original Release date: 24 Jul 2006 | Last revised: 24 Jul 2006


The team has reported a vulnerability in how the 1.1 and 2.0 versions of process basic macros.


A vulnerability in may allow an attacker to inject basic code into documents such that the code will be executed when the document is loaded. After the document is opened, the user will not be alerted that the macro is running.

To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would need to convince a user to open a document with a specially crafted basic macro inserted. If successful, the attacker could use the macro to access the operating system with the privileges of the user who opened the document.


A malicious basic macro could change, delete, transmit, overwrite, and read data on the affected computer. It may also be possible for an attacker to remotely execute arbitrary code.



See the systems affected section of this document for information about specific vendors. Users who compile from source or get their binaries directly from are encouraged to upgrade to version 1.1.5 or 2.0.3.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
OpenOffice.orgAffected-20 Jul 2006
Red Hat, Inc.Affected12 Jul 200624 Jul 2006
UbuntuAffected12 Jul 200624 Jul 2006
If you are a vendor and your product is affected, let us know.

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This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2006-2198
  • Date Public: 29 Jun 2006
  • Date First Published: 24 Jul 2006
  • Date Last Updated: 24 Jul 2006
  • Document Revision: 22


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