Microsoft Project Invalid Resource Memory Allocation Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ID SMNTC-37211
Type symantec
Reporter Symantec Security Response
Modified 2009-12-08T00:00:00



Microsoft Project is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability. An attacker can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code in the context of the affected application. Failed exploit attempts will likely result in denial-of-service conditions.

Technologies Affected

  • Microsoft Project 2000
  • Microsoft Project 2000 SR1
  • Microsoft Project 2002
  • Microsoft Project 2002 SP1
  • Microsoft Project 2003 SP1
  • Microsoft Project 2003
  • Microsoft Project 2003 SP2
  • Microsoft Project 2003 SP3


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.

Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.
Web users should be cautious about following links to sites that are provided by unfamiliar or suspicious sources. Filtering HTML from emails may help remove a possible vector for transmitting malicious links to users.

Implement multiple redundant layers of security.
Since this issue may be leveraged to execute code, we recommend memory-protection schemes, such as nonexecutable stack/heap configurations and randomly mapped memory segments. This tactic may complicate exploits of memory-corruption vulnerabilities.

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.

The vendor has released an advisory and updates. Please see the references for details.