Vulnerability Note VU#927889

Microsoft OLE buffer overflow

Original Release date: 08 Feb 2005 | Last revised: 08 Feb 2005


A vulnerability in a way that various programs handle OLE objects could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


Microsoft OLE is a technology that allows applications to create and edit compound documents. Compound documents are those consisting of one format, that contain embeddings of (or links to) documents of another format. A buffer overflow error occurs during the process that OLE uses to validate data. This error results in a vulnerability that could allow a remote attacker with the ability to supply a malicious OLE object to execute code of their choosing on a vulnerable system. Any application that uses the Windows OLE component could also be vulnerable to this issue and the attack vectors may vary between systems. Microsoft states that on Exchange Server 5.0, Exchange Server 5.5, Exchange 2000 Server, and Exchange Server 2003, any unauthenticated user who could deliver a specially crafted message to the affected system could try to exploit this vulnerability.

Furthermore, Microsoft states that on Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003, user interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability. An attacker would need to persuade a user to open a file or an email message containing an attachment that contains a malicious OLE object.


A remote attacker could execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system. The attacker-supplied code would be executed with the privileges of the component that exposes the vulnerability.


Apply a patch

Microsoft has published Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-012 in response to this issue. Users are strongly encouraged to review this bulletin and apply the patches it refers to.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Microsoft CorporationAffected-08 Feb 2005
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Thanks to Microsoft Security for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Chad R Dougherty based upon information provided by Microsoft.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CAN-2005-0044
  • Date Public: 08 Feb 2005
  • Date First Published: 08 Feb 2005
  • Date Last Updated: 08 Feb 2005
  • Severity Metric: 20.66
  • Document Revision: 2


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