Microsoft Excel Import Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

2008-03-11T00:00:00
ID SMNTC-28095
Type symantec
Reporter Symantec Security Response
Modified 2008-03-11T00:00:00

Description

Description

Microsoft Excel is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability. Attackers may exploit this issue by enticing victims into opening a maliciously crafted Excel file ('.xls'). Successful exploits may allow attackers to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application. This may facilitate a compromise of vulnerable computers.

Technologies Affected

  • Microsoft Excel 2000
  • Microsoft Excel 2000 SP2
  • Microsoft Excel 2000 SP3
  • Microsoft Excel 2000 SR1
  • Microsoft Excel 2004 for Mac
  • Microsoft Excel 2008 for Mac
  • Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac
  • Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac

Recommendations

Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.
To reduce the impact of latent vulnerabilities, always run nonadministrative software as an unprivileged user with minimal access rights.

Do not accept or execute files from untrusted or unknown sources.
To reduce the likelihood of successful exploits, never handle files that originate from unfamiliar or untrusted sources.

Microsoft released fixes and an advisory to address this issue. Please see the references for more information.