Microsoft Word PAPX Section Corruption Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

2012-10-09T00:00:00
ID SMNTC-55780
Type symantec
Reporter Symantec Security Response
Modified 2012-10-09T00:00:00

Description

Description

Microsoft Word is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability. Attackers can exploit this issue by enticing an unsuspecting user to open a specially crafted Word file. An attacker can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code in the context of the currently logged-in user, which can lead to a complete compromise of an affected computer.

Technologies Affected

  • Microsoft Word 2007
  • Microsoft Word 2007 SP1
  • Microsoft Word 2007 SP2
  • Microsoft Word 2007 SP3

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.

Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity.
Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for signs of suspicious or anomalous activity. This may help detect malicious actions that an attacker may take after successfully exploiting vulnerabilities in applications. Review all applicable logs regularly.

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.

Vendor updates are available. Please see the references for details.