Remote code execution in Microsoft Word

Published: 2008-07-08 00:00:00 | Updated: 2016-12-13
Severity Critical
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2008-2244
CVSSv3 8.9 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:F/RL:O/RC:C]
CWE ID CWE-119
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software Microsoft Word
Microsoft Office
Vulnerable software versions Microsoft Word 2002
Microsoft Word 2003
Microsoft Office XP
Microsoft Office 2003
Vendor URL Microsoft

Security Advisory

1) Memory corruption

Description

The vulnerability alows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The weakness exists due to buffer overflow when handling malformed Word files. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted Word file, trick the victim into opening it, trigger memory corruption and execute arbitrary code on the target system with privileges of the current user.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability results in arbitrary code execution on the vulnerable system.

Note: the vulnerability was being actively exploited.

Remediation

Install update from vendor's website:

Microsoft Word 2002 Service Pack 3:
https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=c7146dfc-e1be-4d13-877b-1d9bcacc4a64
https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms08-026
Microsoft Word 2003 Service Pack 2:
https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=13a37b76-9fec-426f-8176-3c95f934efe0
https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms08-026
Microsoft Word 2003 Service Pack 3:
https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=13a37b76-9fec-426f-8176-3c95f934efe0
https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms08-026

External links

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms08-042.aspx

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