Microsoft Office fails to properly handle document properties

ID VU:409316
Type cert
Reporter CERT
Modified 2006-07-11T20:52:00



Microsoft Office contains a buffer overflow when handling specially crafted document properties. This vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code.


Microsoft Office applications fail to properly validate property fields resulting in a buffer overflow. When an Office document containing malformed a property field is opened with an Office application, system memory can be corrupted in a way that may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code. Property fields include, but are not limited to document title, subject, and author.

More information, including a list of affected Office applications, is available in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-038.


A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code.


Apply a patch from Microsoft
Microsoft addresses this vulnerability with the updates listed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-038.

Do not access Office documents from untrusted sources

By only accessing Office documents, such as spreadsheets or Microsoft Word documents, from trusted or known sources, the chances of exploitation are reduced.

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Updated: July 11, 2006



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This vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-038.

This document was written by Jeff Gennari.

Other Information

CVE IDs: | CVE-2006-2389
Severity Metric: | 22.44
Date Public: | 2006-07-11
Date First Published: | 2006-07-11
Date Last Updated: | 2006-07-11 20:52 UTC
Document Revision: | 37