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Microsoft Excel fails to properly process a malformed Column record

Vulnerability Note VU#302836

Original Release Date: 2007-01-09 | Last Revised: 2007-01-23


Microsoft Excel contains a memory corruption vulnerability that could enable an attacker to exectue arbitrary code and gain complete control of the vulnerable system.


Microsoft Excel fails to properly handle malformed Column records. When an Excel file is opened, Excel does not properly perform data validation on the Column record. An attacker could send a specially crafted Column record in the Excel file that, when opened, could corrupt system memory allowing the attacker to execute arbitrary code. The attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.


An attacker could gain complete control of the affected system and execute arbitrary code.


Microsoft addresses this vulnerability with the updates listed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-002.

Note that Microsoft has re-released the updates in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-002 for Excel 2000. See the Microsoft Security Response Center blog for more information.

Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less affected than users who operate with administrative user rights.

Vendor Information


Microsoft Corporation Affected

Updated:  January 23, 2007



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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CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base 0 AV:--/AC:--/Au:--/C:--/I:--/A:--
Temporal 0 E:ND/RL:ND/RC:ND
Environmental 0 CDP:ND/TD:ND/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:ND



Thanks to Greg MacManus of iDefense Labs for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Joseph Pruszynski.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2007-0030
Severity Metric: 60.24
Date Public: 2007-01-09
Date First Published: 2007-01-09
Date Last Updated: 2007-01-23 17:17 UTC
Document Revision: 15

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