search menu icon-carat-right cmu-wordmark

CERT Coordination Center

Microsoft PowerPoint malformed record memory corruption

Vulnerability Note VU#205948

Original Release Date: 2006-10-10 | Last Revised: 2007-02-26

Overview

Microsoft PowerPoint contains a vulnerability in the handling of malformed records, which may allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Description

Microsoft PowerPoint contains a vulnerability that could be exploited when PowerPoint opens a specially crafted document. The vulnerability is caused by incorrect handling of malformed records, which can cause memory corruption. This vulnerability affects both Windows and Mac versions of PowerPoint.

Impact

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. This vulnerability may also cause PowerPoint to crash.

Solution

Apply an update

This vulnerability is addressed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-015. Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-058 attempted to address the problem but the fix was not sufficient.


Do not open untrusted PowerPoint documents

Do not open unfamiliar or unexpected PowerPoint or other Office documents, particularly those hosted on web sites or delivered as email attachments. Please see Cyber Security Tip ST04-010.

Disable automatic opening of PowerPoint documents

By default, PowerPoint 97 and PowerPoint 2000 will configure Internet Explorer to automatically open PowerPoint documents. This feature can be disabled by using the Office Document Open Confirmation Tool. Mozilla Firefox users should disable automatic opening of files, as specified in the Securing Your Web Browser document.

Do not rely on file name extension filtering

In most cases, Windows will call PowerPoint to open a document even if the document has an unknown file extension. For example, if presentation.qwer contains the correct file header information, Windows will open presentation.qwer with PowerPoint. Filtering for common extensions (e.g., .ppt, .pot, and .pps) will not detect all PowerPoint documents. Additionally, a PowerPoint file with no file extension will also open with the PowerPoint application.

Vendor Information

205948
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Microsoft Corporation

Updated:  February 13, 2007

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Please see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-015.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.


CVSS Metrics

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

References

Credit

This vulnerability was reported by Microsoft, who in turn credit Chris Ries of VigilantMinds Inc.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2006-3877
Severity Metric: 25.82
Date Public: 2006-10-10
Date First Published: 2006-10-10
Date Last Updated: 2007-02-26 15:21 UTC
Document Revision: 5

Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Cybersecurity and Communications.