A stack-based buffer overflow in Microsoft Word could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.
Microsoft Word 2000 fails to properly handle malformed documents allowing a stack-based buffer overflow to occur. It is possible that this vulnerability can be exploited by opening a Microsoft Office document that includes an embedded Word document.
Note that reports claim this vulnerability is actively being exploited.
By convincing a user to open a specially crafted Word document with Word 2000, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running Word. If the user is logged in with administrative privileges, the attacker could take complete control of a vulnerable system.
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This vulnerability was reported by Symantec.
This document was written by Jeff Gennari.
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