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Microsoft Office fails to properly handle PNG images

Vulnerability Note VU#459388

Original Release Date: 2006-07-11 | Last Revised: 2006-07-11


Microsoft Office applications fail to properly handle PNG images. This vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


Microsoft Office applications fail to properly parse PNG images. When an Office document containing a malformed PNG image is opened with an Office application, system memory can be corrupted in a way that may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.

More information, including a list of affected Office applications, is available in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-039.


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 MS06-039.

Do not access Office documents from untrusted sources

By only accessing Office documents, such as spreadsheets or Microsoft Word documents, from trusted or known sources, the chances of exploitation are reduced.

Vendor Information

Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Microsoft Corporation

Updated:  July 11, 2006



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.


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CVSS Metrics

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This vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-039 . Microsoft credits Fortinet Inc. with providing information regarding this vulnerability.

This document was written by Jeff Gennari.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2006-0033
Severity Metric: 21.16
Date Public: 2006-07-11
Date First Published: 2006-07-11
Date Last Updated: 2006-07-11 21:10 UTC
Document Revision: 10

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