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Date: Tue May 08 2007 - 13:45:34 CDT
ZDI-07-026: Microsoft Excel BIFF File Format Named Graph Record Parsing
Stack Overflow Vulnerability
May 8, 2007
-- CVE ID:
-- Affected Vendor:
-- Affected Products:
Office Excel 2000
Office Excel 2002
Office Excel 2003
-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since May 8, 2007 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter ID 5330. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:
-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of Microsoft Office Excel. Exploitation
requires that the attacker coerce the target into opening a malicious
The specific flaw exists within the parsing of the BIFF file format
used by Microsoft Excel. During the processing of a malformed Named
Graph record, user-supplied data may be copied to the stack unchecked
thereby leading to an exploitable stack-based buffer overflow.
-- Vendor Response:
Microsoft has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More
details can be found at:
-- Disclosure Timeline:
2006.11.16 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2007.05.08 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers
2007.05.08 - Coordinated public release of advisory
This vulnerability was discovered by Manuel Santamarina Suarez.
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