ms.excel97.virus.warning.bug.txt

1999-08-17T00:00:00
ID PACKETSTORM:11925
Type packetstorm
Reporter Packet Storm
Modified 1999-08-17T00:00:00

Description

                                        
                                            `Date: Sat, 8 May 1999 16:09:28 -0700  
From: aleph1@UNDERGROUND.ORG  
To: BUGTRAQ@netspace.org  
Subject: Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS99-014)  
  
The following is a Security Bulletin from the Microsoft Product Security  
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Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS99-014)  
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Patch Available for Excel 97 Virus Warning Vulnerabilities  
  
Originally Posted: May 7, 1999  
  
Summary  
=======  
Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates vulnerabilities in the Excel  
97 virus warning mechanism. The patch is fully supported, and Microsoft  
recommends that affected customers download and install it, if appropriate.  
  
Issue  
=====  
Microsoft Excel 97 provides a feature that warns the user before launching  
an external file that could potentially contain a virus or other malicious  
software. This feature allows the user to weigh the risk of opening the  
file, based on its origin, the network it is located on and the security  
practices in operation there, the sensitivity of the data on the user's  
computer, and other factors.  
  
However, certain scenarios have been identified that could be misused to  
bypass the warning mechanism. In general, they require the use of  
infrequently-combined features and commands, and are unlikely to be  
encountered in normal use. This patch addresses these issues so that they  
cannot be taken advantage of by a malicious user.  
  
While there are no reports of customers being adversely affected by any of  
the vulnerabilities eliminated by the patch, Microsoft is proactively  
releasing the patch to allow customers to take appropriate action to protect  
themselves against it. These fixes are already built into Excel 2000 and  
users of that product will not need to download this patch.  
  
Affected Software Versions  
==========================  
- Microsoft Excel 97  
  
What Microsoft is Doing  
=======================  
Microsoft has released patches that fix the problem identified. The patches  
are available for download from the sites listed below in What Customers  
Should Do.  
  
Microsoft also has sent this security bulletin to customers subscribing  
to the Microsoft Product Security Notification Service. See  
http://www.microsoft.com/security/services/bulletin.asp for more  
information about this free customer service.  
  
Microsoft has published the following Knowledge Base (KB) article on this  
issue:  
- Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article Q231304,  
Patch Available for Excel 97 Virus Warning Vulnerabilities,  
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q231/3/04.asp.  
(Note: It might take 24 hours from the original posting of this bulletin  
for the KB article to be visible in the Web-based Knowledge Base.)  
  
What Customers Should Do  
========================  
Microsoft highly recommends that customers evaluate the degree of risk that  
this vulnerability poses to their systems and determine whether to download  
and install the patch. The patch can be found at:  
- http://officeupdate.microsoft.com/downloaddetails/xl8p6pkg.htm  
  
More Information  
================  
Please see the following references for more information related to this  
issue.  
- Microsoft Security Bulletin MS99-013,  
Patch Available for Excel 97 Virus Warning Vulnerabilities  
(the Web-posted version of this bulletin),  
http://www.microsoft.com/security/bulletins/ms99-013.asp.  
- Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article Q231304,  
Patch Available for Excel 97 Virus Warning Vulnerabilities,  
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q231/3/04.asp.  
  
Obtaining Support on this Issue  
===============================  
If you require technical assistance with this issue, please contact  
Microsoft Technical Support. For information on contacting Microsoft  
Technical Support, please see  
http://support.microsoft.com/support/contact/default.asp.  
  
Revisions  
=========  
- May 7, 1999: Bulletin Created.  
  
  
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visit http://www.microsoft.com/security  
  
  
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