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Microsoft Office XP contains buffer overflow vulnerability

Vulnerability Note VU#416001

Original Release Date: 2005-02-09 | Last Revised: 2005-02-09

Overview

A buffer overflow in Microsoft Office XP may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Description

Microsoft Office XP is vulnerable to a buffer overflow. According to MS05-005, the buffer overflow exists in the process that passes URL file locations to Microsoft Office XP software. Please note that customers using Microsoft ISA 2004 as their web proxy are at less risk because ISA 2004 rejects the URL in question by default when handling proxy client requests.

For more information about this issue including the versions of Office affected and remediation techniques, please see MS05-005.

Impact

If a remote attacker can persuade a user to access a specially crafted HTML file or hyperlink using a vulnerable Office application, that attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code.

Solution

Apply Patch

Microsoft has released Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-005 to address this issue.

Do Not Access Unsolicited HTML Files or Click Unsolicited Hyperlinks

By only accessing HTML file or clicking hyperlinks form known or trusted sources, the chances of exploitation are reduced.

Vendor Information

416001
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Microsoft Corporation

Updated:  February 08, 2005

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 MS05-005.

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

Acknowledgements

This vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-005 . Microsoft credits Rafel Ivgi for providing information regarding this vulnerability.

This document was written by Jeff Gennari based on information from Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-005

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2004-0848
Severity Metric: 14.63
Date Public: 2005-02-08
Date First Published: 2005-02-09
Date Last Updated: 2005-02-09 18:52 UTC
Document Revision: 28

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