Vulnerability Alert

Microsoft Office Word Memory Corruption Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-119: Buffer Errors
IntelliShield ID:30564
Version:1
First Published:2013 September 10 17:23 GMT
Last Published:2013 September 10 17:23 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2013-3853
Urgency:Unlikely Use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Moderate Damage
CVSS Base:9.3 CVSS Calculator
CVSS Version 2.0
CVSS Temporal:6.9
 
Version Summary:Microsoft Word contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a targeted system. Updates are available.
 
 
Description
A vulnerability in the Word component of Microsoft Office could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code.

The vulnerability is due to improper memory operations performed by the affected software when handling crafted Microsoft Office documents. An attacker could exploit the vulnerability by providing a crafted file designed to submit malicious input to the affected software and persuade a user to open the file or follow a crafted link. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user. If the user holds elevated privileges, the attacker could achieve a complete compromise of the targeted system.

Microsoft has confirmed the vulnerability in a security bulletin and released software updates.
 
Warning Indicators
The following Microsoft products are affected:
  • Microsoft Office 2007 SP3
  • Microsoft Word 2007 SP3
 
IntelliShield Analysis
To exploit the vulnerability, the attacker may provide a link that directs a user to a malicious site or provide the user a crafted file intended to submit malicious input to the affected software. The attacker may use misleading language or instructions to persuade the user to follow the provided link or open the provided file.

Microsoft has resolved the vulnerability by correcting the way that Microsoft Word processes .doc and .dot files.

The Cisco Applied Intelligence team has created an Applied Mitigation Bulletin to address vulnerabilities that Microsoft disclosed in the September 2013 security bulletin release. This Cisco bulletin, which assists administrators in identifying or mitigating these vulnerabilities using Cisco devices, is available at the following link: Cisco Applied Mitigation Bulletin: Microsoft Security Bulletin Release for September 2013
 
Vendor Announcements
Microsoft has released a security bulletin at the following link: MS13-072
 
Impact
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user. If the user holds elevated privileges, the attacker could completely compromise the targeted system.
 
Technical Information
The vulnerability is due to improper memory operations performed by the affected software when handling crafted Microsoft Office documents.

An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit the vulnerability by providing a crafted .doc or .dot file, designed to submit malicious input to the affected software, to a user and persuade the user to open the file or follow a crafted link. When the affected software processes the malicious file or link, a memory corruption error may occur that the attacker could use to execute arbitrary code. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user. If the user holds elevated privileges, the attacker could achieve a complete compromise of the targeted system.
 
Safeguards
Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.

Administrators are advised to allow only trusted users to have network access.

Administrators may consider configuring the Microsoft Office Isolated Conversion Environment (MOICE) as the registered handler for .doc files.

Administrators may consider configuring the Microsoft Office File Block policy to prevent binary .doc and .dot file execution.

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 may consider configuring the Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) to work with the affected software.

Administrators are advised to implement an intrusion prevention system (IPS) or intrusion detection system (IDS) to help detect and prevent attacks that attempt to exploit this vulnerability.

Users are advised not to open email messages from suspicious or unrecognized sources. If users cannot verify that links or attachments included in email messages are safe, they are advised not to open them.

Administrators are advised to monitor critical systems.
 
Patches/Software
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 Microsoft Update service. Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Systems Management Server, and System Center Configuration Manager can assist administrators in deploying software updates.
 
Alert History
 
Initial Release


Product Sets
 
The security vulnerability applies to the following combinations of products.

Primary Products:
Microsoft, Inc.Office 2007 SP3
Microsoft, Inc.Word 2007 SP3

Associated Products:
N/A




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