Microsoft Office Excel contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a targeted system. Updates are available.
Microsoft Office Excel contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a targeted system.
The vulnerability is due to improper memory operations by the affected software while handling certain Excel files. An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a crafted Excel document to a user and persuading the user to open the document. If successful, the attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user.
Microsoft has confirmed the vulnerability in a security bulletin and released software updates.
The following Microsoft products are affected:
Microsoft Excel 2003 SP3 and prior
Microsoft Excel 2007 SP3 and prior
Microsoft Excel 2010 (32-bit editions) SP1 and prior
Microsoft Excel 2010 (64-bit editions) SP1 and prior
Microsoft Excel Viewer
To exploit the vulnerability, the attacker may provide a file to the user and persuade the user to open or execute the file by using misleading language or instructions.
Microsoft has addressed the vulnerability by correcting how Microsoft Excel validates data when opening crafted Excel files.
Microsoft has released a security bulletin at the following link: MS12-076
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code on the system with the privileges of the user. If the user holds elevated privileges, the attacker could execute code resulting in a complete system compromise.
The vulnerability is due to improper memory operations by the affected software when opening crafted Excel files.
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a crafted Excel document to a user and persuading the user to open the document. When processed, the document may trigger a memory corruption error that the attacker could use to execute arbitrary code on the system with the privileges of the user.
Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.
Users are advised not to open e-mail messages from suspicious or unrecognized sources. If users cannot verify that links or attachments included in e-mail messages are safe, they are advised not to open them.
Administrators may consider applying the Microsoft Office Isolated Conversion Environment (MOICE) to safely open Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files from suspicious or unrecognized sources on systems that are running Microsoft Office 2003 or Office 2007.
Administrators may consider using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) scan tool to identify common security misconfigurations and missing security updates on system endpoints.
Administrators are advised to monitor affected systems.
Microsoft customers can obtain updates directly by using the links in the security bulletin. These updates are also distributed by Windows automatic update features and available on the Windows Update website. Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Systems Management Server, and System Center Configuration Manager can assist administrators in deploying software updates.
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