Microsoft Excel fails to properly parse malformed Palette records

2007-01-09T00:00:00
ID VU:625532
Type cert
Reporter CERT
Modified 2007-01-23T16:58:00

Description

Overview

A vulnerability in the way that Microsoft Excel handles malformed Palette records could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Description

Microsoft Excel fails to properly handle Palette records embedded in Excel documents. When a file containing a malformed Palette record is opened in Excel, system memory can be corrupted in a way that may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.

More information is available in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-002.


Impact

By convincing a user to open a specially crafted Excel document, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running Excel. If the user is logged in with administrative privileges, the attacker could take complete control of a vulnerable system.


Solution

Apply an update from Microsoft
Microsoft addresses this vulnerability with the updates listed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-002.

Note that Microsoft has re-released the updates in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-002 for Excel 2000. See the Microsoft Security Response Center blog for more information.


Do not open untrusted Excel documents

Do not open unfamiliar or unexpected Excel or other Office documents, particularly those hosted on web sites or delivered as email attachments. Please see Cyber Security Tip ST04-010.


Vendor Information

625532

Filter by status: All Affected Not Affected Unknown

Filter by content: __ Vendor has issued information

__ Sort by: Status Alphabetical

Expand all

Affected Unknown __ Unaffected

Javascript is disabled. Click here to view vendors.

__ Microsoft Corporation

Updated: January 09, 2007

Status

__ Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Please see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-002.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

CVSS Metrics

Group | Score | Vector
---|---|---
Base | N/A | N/A
Temporal | N/A | N/A
Environmental | | N/A

References

  • <http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS07-002.mspx>
  • <http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/21922>
  • <http://securitytracker.com/alerts/2007/Jan/1017487.html>
  • <http://labs.idefense.com/intelligence/vulnerabilities/display.php?id=461>
  • <http://blogs.technet.com/msrc/archive/2007/01/18/re-release-of-ms07-002-for-excel-2000.aspx>

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Microsoft for reporting this vulnerability, who in turn credit Greg MacManus of iDefense Labs.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

CVE IDs:* | CVE-2007-0031
---|---
**Severity Metric:
| 11.48
*Date Public:
| 2007-01-09
Date First Published: | 2007-01-09
Date Last Updated: | 2007-01-23 16:58 UTC
Document Revision: | 11