Microsoft Excel Invalid Column Heap Corruption Vulnerability iDefense Security Advisory 01.09.07 http://labs.idefense.com/intelligence/vulnerabilities/ Jan 09, 2007 I. BACKGROUND Microsoft Excel is the spreadsheet application from the Microsoft Office System. More information is available at the following link: http://office.microsoft.com/ II. DESCRIPTION Remote exploitation of an input validation error in Microsoft Corp.'s Excel spreadsheet application may allow the execution of arbitrary code. The vulnerability specifically exists in the handling of out of range values in the column field in several BIFF8 record types. By supplying an invalid Column field to one of these records, it is possible to cause the system to reference arbitrary memory. This can be exploited to gain control of the application. III. ANALYSIS Successful exploitation of this vulnerability would allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the user who opened the document. In order exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would need to convince the target to open an Excel spreadsheet file. Likely attack vectors include sending the file as an attachment in an email or linking to the file on a website. Systems with a default install of Office 2000 will open Office documents, including Excel spreadsheet files, from websites without prompting the user. This allows an attacker to exploit this vulnerability without user interaction beyond visiting a website. Later versions of Office will not open these documents automatically unless the user has chosen this behavior. IV. DETECTION iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Microsoft Excel 2003 with all available service packs and security patches. Previous versions of Excel are also likely to be affected. V. WORKAROUND Do not follow links or open files from unknown sources or that you were not expecting to receive. VI. VENDOR RESPONSE Microsoft has addressed this vulnerability with Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-002. A link to this bulletin can be found below. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms07-002.mspx VII. CVE INFORMATION The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2007-0030 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security problems. VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE 09/14/2006 Initial vendor notification 09/15/2006 Initial vendor response 01/09/2007 Coordinated public disclosure IX. CREDIT This vulnerability was discovered by Greg MacManus, iDefense Labs. Get paid for vulnerability research http://labs.idefense.com/methodology/vulnerability/vcp.php Free tools, research and upcoming events http://labs.idefense.com/ X. LEGAL NOTICES Copyright © 2006 iDefense, Inc. Permission is granted for the redistribution of this alert electronically. It may not be edited in any way without the express written consent of iDefense. If you wish to reprint the whole or any part of this alert in any other medium other than electronically, please e-mail customerservice@private for permission. Disclaimer: The information in the advisory is believed to be accurate at the time of publishing based on currently available information. Use of the information constitutes acceptance for use in an AS IS condition. There are no warranties with regard to this information. Neither the author nor the publisher accepts any liability for any direct, indirect, or consequential loss or damage arising from use of, or reliance on, this information.
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