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Microsoft Office routing slip buffer overflow

Vulnerability Note VU#682820

Original Release Date: 2006-03-14 | Last Revised: 2006-04-27


Microsoft Office contains a buffer overflow in the parsing of routing slips, which may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


Routing slips

According to Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-012:

Microsoft Office applications have the ability to add a "routing slip" to an Office document. Document Routing facilitates the flow of information among a group of users. With Document Routing features as part of a client application, a user can route any type of file to co-workers by attaching it to an e-mail message. It can be sent either to one person at a time or to the group simultaneously. This feature works the same as the File Send option in Office applications, using the same dialogs.
The problem

Microsoft Office contains a buffer overflow in the handling of routing slips.


By convincing a user to open a specially crafted Microsoft Office document, a remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


Install an update

Install an update, as specified in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-012.

Do not open Microsoft Office documents from untrusted sources

Only open Microsoft Office documents (for example, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations) from trusted or known sources. This will reduce the chances of exploitation.

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.


Please see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-012.

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Thanks to Katie Miras of Symantec for reporting this vulnerability. Ollie Whitehouse of Symantec is credited with discovering the vulnerability.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2006-0009
Severity Metric: 33.41
Date Public: 2006-03-14
Date First Published: 2006-03-14
Date Last Updated: 2006-04-27 14:08 UTC
Document Revision: 16

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