ZDI-09-083: Microsoft Excel Shared Feature Header Pointer Offset Memory Corruption Vulnerability

2009-11-11T00:00:00
ID SECURITYVULNS:DOC:22772
Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2009-11-11T00:00:00

Description

ZDI-09-083: Microsoft Excel Shared Feature Header Pointer Offset Memory Corruption Vulnerability http://www.zerodayinitiative.com/advisories/ZDI-09-083 November 10, 2009

-- CVE ID: CVE-2009-3129

-- Affected Vendors: Microsoft

-- Affected Products: Microsoft Office Excel

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-- Vulnerability Details: This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Microsoft Office Excel. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must open a malicious spreadsheet.

The specific flaw exists in the handling of Shared Feature Header (0x867) tags in an Excel BIFF file format. When processing the cbHdrData size element of the FEATHEADER it is possible to directly control the distance of a calculated pointer. This condition can be leveraged successfully to execute arbitrary code under the context of the currently logged in user.

-- Vendor Response: Microsoft has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS09-067.mspx

-- Disclosure Timeline: 2009-10-20 - Vulnerability reported to vendor 2009-11-10 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit: This vulnerability was discovered by: * Anonymous

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