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Microsoft Excel malformed description memory corruption vulnerability

Vulnerability Note VU#235774

Original Release Date: 2006-03-14 | Last Revised: 2006-03-14


Microsoft Excel contains a memory corruption vulnerability. This vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


Microsoft Excel fails to properly validate description fields in Excel data files. When a file with a malformed description is opened in Excel, system memory can be corrupted in a way that may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.

More information is available in MS06-012.


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 MS06-012.

Do not access Excel files from untrusted sources

By only accessing Excel files, such as spreadsheets, from trusted or known sources, the chances of exploitation are reduced.

Vendor Information


Microsoft Corporation Affected

Updated:  March 14, 2006



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

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


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This issue was reported in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-012. Microsoft credits Dejun of the Fortinet Security Response Team with providing information regarding these issues.

This document was written by Jeff Gennari.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2006-0029
Severity Metric: 30.38
Date Public: 2006-03-14
Date First Published: 2006-03-14
Date Last Updated: 2006-03-14 19:59 UTC
Document Revision: 15

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