VUPEN Security Research - Microsoft Office Word Document Invalid Pointer Vulnerability (CVE-2010-3217)
Microsoft Office Word, included in the Microsoft Office suite, is a powerful authoring program that gives the ability to create and share documents by combining a comprehensive set of writing tools with the easy-to-use Microsoft Office Fluent user interface.
VUPEN Vulnerability Research Team discovered a critical vulnerability in Microsoft Office Word.
The vulnerability is caused by the use of an invalid pointer when processing certain structures in a Word document, which could be exploited by remote attackers to execute arbitrary code by tricking a user into opening a specially crafted Word file.
Microsoft Office 2002 Service Pack 3
In-depth binary analysis of the vulnerabilities fixed by Microsoft in October 2010 and code execution exploits or PoCs are available through the VUPEN Binary Analysis & Exploits Service :
Governments and Intelligence agencies who are members of the VUPEN Threat Protection Program (TPP) have been alerted about the vulnerability when it was discovered by VUPEN, and have received a detailed detection guidance to proactively protect national and critical infrastructures against potential attacks exploiting this vulnerability:
Apply MS10-079 security update.
This vulnerability was discovered by Chaouki Bekrar of VUPEN Security
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http://www.vupen.com/english/advisories/2010/2626 http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms10-079.mspx http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2010-3217
2010-04-08 - Vendor notified 2010-04-08 - Vendor response 2010-08-09 - Status update received 2010-10-12 - Coordinated public Disclosure